Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The culture of protest associated with the Egyptian uprising has attracted a huge amount of media coverage -- much of it, unfortunately, partial and superficial. Partial, in that it privileges hip-hop to the virtual exclusion of every other kind of nationalist and protest music sung by musicians and crowds during the 18 days of the original Tahrir Square occupation, January 24-February 11, 2011. Superficial, in that it fundamentally misapprehends the role of music in the revolt.

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How to cite this article:

Ted Swedenburg "Egypt’s Music of Protest," Middle East Report 265 (Winter 2012).