Music of Egypt
by Rachel Devitt | July 15, 2013
All eyes are on Egypt as the country struggles to determine who will lead it, how they will do so and what a post-transition Egypt will look like in the wake of a whirlwind two years that began with massive demonstrations and the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. As the world watches to see what happens now that President Mohamed Morsi has also been ousted and protests have erupted again, 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 complicated, multifaceted struggle to take their nation's future into their own hands.