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Cairokee: The Sound of “Rock meets Arabic”

This might not be a new and orginal idea right now, but it was definitely new a couple of years ago. While many bands in Egypt were trying to play rock music and sing in arabic, not everybody really managed to pull it off. Cairokee was one of the bands who did pull it off pretty well and gained a good amount of supporters and a fan base. They have recently gained a lot of attention and success due to their famous revolution song “Sot El Horeya” or “The Sound of Freedom” and their song featured in the new Pepsi ad. They have also recently collaborated with Zap Tharwat and Hany Adel (West El Balad) on a track by the name “Ba7lam” or “I Dream”, you can check it out here.

The band consists of Amir Eid on vocals and guitar, Sherif Hawary on lead guitar and back vocals, Tamer Hashem on drums, Ahmed Bahaa on percussios, Sherif Mostafa on keyboard and Adam El Alfy on bass guitar. Their musical style can mainly be described as soft or classic rock, with some Egyptian and arabic inlfuence every now and then. The highlight of the band would be the spoken arabic (3ammeya or slang) vocals, that do work well with their western musical style. They sing about social and political issues in the Egyptian society, from love to hate and from depression to dreams.

They have released 2 albums so far, the first one was released in 2009, the album didn’t really have a title name and was distributed as part of a Coca-Cola campaign (it also had their own cover of the famous Coca-Cola song).

If you want to check it out, the album can be downloaded from here. (link provided by Egyptian Bands Blog)

The second album, titled “Matloub Za3eem” or “A Leader Is Wanted” was released on the 30th of June by a concert at The Sawy Culture Wheel. You can watch the album teaser here.

Their new video for the song “Matloob Za3eem” can be seen here on El Gomhoreya TV (you must register to watch the video).

Here’s their first ever music video for the song “Kol El Nas“:

This is an amazing rock cover they’ve made with Ousso (Eftekasat & Nagham masry) for Sheikh Imam‘s classic “La7ma“:

This also another interesting song they’ve made that did not make it in any of their albums by the name of  “Salam Ya Man“:

And lastly, an excerpt from their first album “Habibi Ya Metala3 3einy“:

Their website is currently down (it was really cool website! We hope they bring it back to life soon!), but you can get updates about their shows from their facebook page.


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Revolution Art: Music

“Art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions.” We used this definition to describe art in Mashareeb’s agenda (and we swear that our agenda is not a foreign one!). In moments like the ones we are witnessing right now in Egypt, people are experiencing a mixture of emotions and most of them are eager to express themselves in way or another. We have seen people taking pictures, shooting videos, making songs, writing poems, creating signs and they are most definitely putting a flavor to this revolution. Times like these witness the best work of creativity from people because it’s all about self expression, dreams, hopes and emotions. As Mashareeb supports Egyptian creativity, we wanted to gather as much as we can from the creative results of the 25th of January’s revolution (made by Egyptians and non-Egyptians) and present them to you.

These posts are all dedicated to the lives of the protests’ martyrs.

We will never forget you.

May your souls rest in peace.

Revolution Music

Our first post from the revolution art posts will be dedicated to the music inspired by the revolution. Egyptian musicians have all been inspired by the current events and some of them have actually been an inspiration for the revolution. The inspiration did not stop here in Egypt, people from all over the world contributed and dedicated songs to the revolution and the Egyptian people. We tried to gather as much as we can all the songs that has been surfacing the internet talking about the revolution. If you think we missed some, please don’t hesitate to send us whatever you have.

(songs are posted in no specific order)


إحلم معايا (Dream With Me) – Hamza Namira

Sout Al Horeya صوت الحريه – Amir Eid, Hany Adel, Hawary On Guitar & Sherif On Keyboards

Translation available if you click on “cc”

the track’s final mix is available for download here:

Long live Egypt / تحيا مصر – Scarabeuz & Omima

إزاي !؟  ‎- محمد منير

25th January – Ahmed Mekki (Ft. Mohamed Mohsen)


وقت الثورجية – الثورجية

One Day the Sun Will Explode – Highly Suspect

#Jan25 – Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman (Prod. by Sami Matar)

بحبك يا بلادي – Aziz Elshafhi & Ramy Gamal

Rise to Freedom – Natacha Atlas and Basha Beats

My Peeps (Home Version) – Hany Mustafa

قالوا مجنون اللي يفكر – Taxi Band

سواق تاكسي (censored) – Eyad

El Eyoun El Samra – Property of Nadia Shanab

تاكى و بوجى – ثورة بدون زعيم


سيتى باند – سامعين غُنانا

The Price of Freedom – Shady Ahmed

Tahrir Revolution – Jay Samel

رامي عصام – الثورة

See you tomorrow – Tahrir Square Protestors

إرحل – Tahrir Square Protestors

اضحكوا يا ثوره – Tahrir Square Protestors


Freedom (Song For Egypt) – Wyclef Jean


Hey There Mubarak (Hey There Delilah parody)

Bon Jovi – No Apologies (dedicated to the facebook rebellion that began in Egypt)

Al Thawra – Micolagist

Er7al (English Version) – The Past 10s

Immortal Egypt / Revolution Dub – Dj Zhao

Yalla Masr Dub – Dubzonic

The Bleeding Egyptian (DEMO) – Fady D (Mashareeb Artist)

HIGHER (Tribute To Egypt) – Patriarch, Ghazi, Kaotiq and Anna

Egyptian Revolution – Bongo Christ

Egyptian Revolution – DJ EBBO – ORIGINAL MIX 11-2-11

Jan25 ( Egypt Revolution ) – MADMOODSELECTOR

2om Ya Msri – Alaa Azzam

Egyptian Revolution Blues – Sandy Cash

The Uprising – Wrench.se

Egyptian Revolution Song – Shivasongetr

50-brave-women-n-a-dream-2-save-us – Silent Tristero

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