Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Sound of the Egyptian Revolution

In the early days of the Egyptian revolution this year, three young musicians from Cairo recorded a solidarity protest song and posted it on YouTube.  "Sout al Horeya" (the Sound of Freedom) attracted over one million views within days and became the unoffocial anthem of the revolution.

The song is uplifting and beautiful even for those like me who don't understand the lyrics.  But even better with the lyrics! Here is what they mean: "The sound of freedom is calling, in every street corner in our country, the sound of freedom is calling. We will re-write history, if you are one of us, join us and don't stop us from fulfilling our dream."

Amir Eid, the guitarist and writer of the song, told Amnesty International that he decided to write the song and shoot it like a campaign for Tahrir Square to show the world what was really happening there as the Egyptian media coverage was unfair.

Amnesty UK played the song's video at the Trafalgar Square demonstration in February. "I was so happy. This was Egypt that I wanted the world to see," he told AI.

The mood in post-revolution Egypt is full of hope, he said. "We can see our future ahead of us."

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