A Song For (And By) Egypt

Mohamed MounirLargely absent from media coverage of the remarkable recent events in Egypt was any serious discussion of Egyptian culture, and the role it has played in politics. On the great author and intellectual Naguib Mahfouz, for instance, the few references to be found pointed at a New Yorker article from twenty years ago. Nor was there much discussion of Egyptian music, despite its presence in multiple forms in Tahrir Square. While this playlist cannot remedy this deficit, it can at least — hopefully — introduce some listeners to the richness and diversity of modern Egyptian music, from Coptic and Sufi religious chants, through street pop and jazz, to classical forms:

Gamal Abdel-Rahim — Improvisation on a Peddler’s Tune
Sheikh Ahmed Al Tuni — Dhikr
Rageh Daoud — Concert Passacaglia
Amr Diab — Ba’dem Alby
Mikhail Girgis El Batanouny — Rejoice O Mary
Mahmoud Fadl — Aament Bellah
Hakim — As-Salamu Alaykum
Ali Hasan Kuban — Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar
Les Musiciens du Nil — Love Is As Vast As A River
Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band — Egypt Strut

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