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Daniel J. Gilman is an expert in the political and cultural affairs of the Arabic-speaking Middle East and North Africa. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, he now works as an analyst and consultant on contemporary Egypt and the Middle East, as well as on national security issues. He is the author of the book Cairo Pop: Youth Music in Contemporary Egypt, on popular culture and nationalism in Egypt.

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9 responses to “«Martyr Pop» – Made in Egypt”

  1. Dan, this is not entirely unprecedented. See Elliott Colla’s article on Palestinian intifada solidarity vids and music in Egypt, ‘Sentimentality and Redemption: The Rhetoric of Egyptian Pop Culture Intifada Solidarity’ in the book I co-edited with Rebecca Stein.

    This is great, thanks for writing!

  2. Many Thanks! (Althought it is hard to listen to Tamer more than a few seconds!) Any idea about changes in audience reception for those pop singers after the events?

  3. Thanks for the suggestion, Ted; I’ll follow up on that.

    @YGQ: Audience reception is a really big question in this context. In the short term, it’s hard to gauge very much: some people reacted angrily to singers seen as counter-revolutionary, and some others rallied around their favorite singers. It may take a few years from now before we can see the effects more clearly, like reduced album output and a general consensus among fans that one singer or another is no longer on the scene or worth listening to. Singers can go for months without appearing to be much on the scene, so it’s not possible to say anything for certain now.

  4. this is nice, thank you! it’s useful to have all these clips grouped together and described. a concluding paragraph would have been useful as well, I was left with the impression that there was more to come after the last blurb on tamer hosny’s video. since this is only the beginning, I’m looking forward to reading some more in-depth analysis that goes beyond the description of the clips.. good luck! i.

  5. Here are two more songs, if you’re thinking to add to this at some point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4thkC0IKIN8 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efTggPE-pvk


  6. for@YGQ check out bobfest.com/2011/06/the-indie-music-revolution-in-egypt.html for audience reception update

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