“Festival”Music in Egypt: Between Populism and Critique

    A new genre of music has grown more popular in Egypt recently and it is known as “Aghani al-Mahraganat” or “festival” music. These songs mix between techno music and rap in a folkloric Egyptian style that is characterized by fast tempo. Some consider this kind of music a popular art while others refuse to classify it as art,
2015-03-29

Ahmad Abd Al-Alim mohamad

Egyptian Political Researcher and Writer


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    A new genre of music has grown more popular in Egypt recently and it is known as “Aghani al-Mahraganat” or “festival” music. These songs mix between techno music and rap in a folkloric Egyptian style that is characterized by fast tempo. Some consider this kind of music a popular art while others refuse to classify it as art, mock it, and believe it’s silly and jeopardizes the Egyptian musical taste. Despite their critique, though, “festival” music enjoys a considerable popular base particularly among youth.


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