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.
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New York Jets’ Oday Aboushi talks to the media in the locker room after NFL football rookie minicamp in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) by Dennis Waszak Jr. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The congratulatory messages flooded Oday Aboushi’s Twitter page for a few days after he was drafted by the New York Jets two weeks ago. Many were happy to see the hometown kid from the New York borough of Staten Island starting his NFL career close to his family and friends. It was the other tweets, first dozens and then hundreds, from places such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia that made the enormity of the situation really sink in.