Music of Egypt
All eyes are on Egypt as the citizens of that country have risen up to demand a regime change and a government that will justly meet the needs of the people. As the world watches with bated breath to see what will become of the days of protests, we're also learning a great deal about the rich and complicated cultural history of that country. That history includes a diverse musical culture, the influence of which extends across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Ranging from classical Arabic traditions to Bedouin and Sa'idi folk music, from Nubian oud master Hamza El Din to quintessential pop diva Oum Kalthoum, Egyptian music is as vibrant, fascinating and prolific as the Egyptian people and their courageous decision to take their country's future into their own hands.