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The Egyptian Authorities’ Grip on Local Culture: The Example of Mahraganat Music

Mahraganat, an electronic music of Sha’abi popular inspiration, has become one of Egypt’s most listened-to music. The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate banned Mahraganat artists from performing publicly because it considers their language offensive and vulgar and their songs unworthy of Egypt’s artistic productions. This paper examines the spread of Mahraganat as …

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Over 200 prominent actors, filmmakers and writers call on Egyptian authorities to release Sanaa Seif

More than 200 of the world’s most prominent artists, along with nearly two dozen leading human rights groups and film organizations, are calling for the immediate release of activist and film editor Sanaa Seif — who was arrested in Cairo last month and remains behind bars in remand detention. Signatories …

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