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  • blog November 1, 2012

    Electric Egypt: Sha’bi on the rise

    When Afropop went to Egypt in the summer of 2011, one of the most fascinating musical scenes that we got a chance to explore was the world of electro Sha’bi- a youthful, energetic music bubbling from the nation’s working class … Read more »

  • hip-deep October 11, 2012

    Egypt 3: Cairo Underground

    Egypt’s revolution has brought much to light, including a lot of music that’s been percolating in hidden corners there, largely ignored by nearly all broadcast and print media.  It turns out a musical revolution has been going on in Egypt … Read more »

  • hip-deep June 14, 2012

    Egypt 2: Cairo – Hollywood of the Middle East

    By the mid 20th century, Cairo had become the unrivaled center for music and film production in the Middle East. Producers, writers, composers, actors, musicians, star singers, and creators of every stripe flocked here to take part in the city’s … Read more »

  • blog May 14, 2012

    Cairo Wedding Night with Hakim

    The weeks before Ramadan, which starts on August 1 this year, are packed with weddings in much of the Muslim world, and Cairo is no exception.  On Sunday night, we met up with the king of Egyptian sha’bi music, Hakim, … Read more »

  • interview April 24, 2012

    Mina Girgis: Egyptian Ethnomusicologist

    Mina Girgis is an Egyptian ethnomusicologist, the founder of the Zambaleta World Music School in San Francisco, and co-founder of The Nile Project.  Since the Tahrir Square uprising of early 2011, Mina has returned to Egypt often.  While preparing the … Read more »

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