Tag: Electro-Shaabi

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Generation Y

From Egypt’s street, a new techno sound

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo, An Egyptian man dances, as “Mahraganat”, Arabic for “festivals,” singers, Fifty and Sadat, not pictured, perform at a wedding in Madinet el-Salam on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) by Nariman El-Mofty CAIRO (AP) — “We tell the stories of our people, words that come up from our alleys, listen to me to understand” — from the Mahraganat song, “El-Rab El-Masri” (Egyptian Rap) by Sadat, Fifty and Haha. A new musical sound emerged from the underground in Egypt since the country’s 2011 revolution, a rapid-fire electronic beat, mixed with hypnotic rhythms drawn from religious festivals and fired up with auto-tuned vocals. Besides getting club crowds dancing all night long, it has given a rebellious voice to long marginalized youth, telling stories of everyday life in beaten-down neighborhoods of Cairo.