The Monday travel song: Egyptian Electro Chaabi

I propose to start every new week with a song that takes us somewhere in the world.

Today I’m taking you to the streets of Cairo with some electro chaabi music – a genre that quintessentially represents a means of expression for the Egyptian youth who rejects the austerity that the Muslim Brothers want to impose to the country.

Electro chaabi music typically features highly political but humorous texts; it is a genre that developed a lot during the 2011 Revolution and brings together the young, the poor, and anyone who likes to enjoy music and life.

During an evening sitting at a large street cafe in Cairo Downtown, suddenly electro chaabi music was played and everyone paused their activities to dance and smile; communion was truly palpable.

Have a great week!

This post is part of a weekly event called The Monday Travel song. You can participate, too, by doing the following:

  • Create your own post every Monday and title it The Monday travel song: xxx by xxx
  • Include a link to a song (YouTube link or other)
  • It must be a song which is linked to a geography. For example, a Russian song, a Chinese song, a Scottish song… (it can be from your own country every now and then, but remember the purpose is to get others to virtually travel!)
  • Your post doesn’t have to be long, but do tell us a little bit about the song… for example by telling about the lyrics, about the composer, about the style…
  • Include a link to my own Monday travel song in your post tag it “Monday-travel-song” so others can find it too
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