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International Music Festival – Ramy Essam
July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ramy Essam is considered to be one of the loudest voices for the young generation in Egypt and its struggle for a progressive and modern society, and has become an international symbol of social activism and a beacon of uncommon bravery in the Middle East and the rest of the world.
His own video Bel Segn Alwan ( a song for woman in prisons and for gender equaity) has over 5.1 million views.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOo8BiSLVSE
Egypt’s Ramy Essam exploded into international fame as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators. During the height of the uprising, he performed in front of millions of people in Tahrir Square, and his music became the soundtrack of a whole generation of his countrymen and women struggling for a better life and a more just society. His song Irhal, in which he demands the resignation of then-ruler Hosni Mubarak, is referred to as the real anthem of the revolution.
But fame came with a heavy price. Ramy experienced brutal torture and arrests that were meant to silence his voice. His songs were banned and he was forbidden to perform publicly.
He resolved to come out even stronger against oppression, saying “In the revolution I was born again. The struggle became the purpose of my life.”
Ramy is an artist of and for the people, with songs built on the words of the streets. Or as Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave etc) puts it: Ramy is like a ”Rock Bob Dylan of the Middle East”.
Awards and Accolades:
- 2011 he received the Freemuse Award
- 2016 he was titled ”IMC Music Rights Champion” by IMC (Unesco´s advisory body on matters of music)
- 2017 he received the prestigious ”Spirit of Folk Award” at Folk Alliance International Conference.