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In Egypt, Shabayek Fights ‘Distorted Belief’ of Gender inequality with Theatre

Still, Shabayek sees some – albeit small – changes brought about by the revolution. Women are more willing to speak out and share their stories; the audience is more open to accepting them. “The revolution has left us feeling empowered when it comes to self-expression. There is a change in people at least, even if the system is the same or maybe worse.”

Soprano Dima Bawab on Music, Identity and Being Palestinian Once a Year

As a resident of many countries and a visitor to many more, Bawab will always carry several flags, highlighting her international and fluid character. Yet one of these flags will always be Palestinian. She is a tireless advocate for peace, and hopes that through her voice and music, she will be able to shed a light on the part of the world she comes from.

The Arts in Kuwait: Recapturing the Liberal Spirit

When put into regional perspective, Kuwait has a distinctive cultural history. A reverse history, one might say, that saw the country go from a liberal haven for artists from all over the region to a restrictive place where the arts face official censorship and a reluctant society.

Palestinian Writer Dareen Tatour Sentenced to Five Months in Israeli Prison for Her Poetry

In her poem, Tatour praises the Palestinian resistance against Israel. She does not live in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip; she was born in a village near Nazareth, northern Israel. The poem not only criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, it also questions Israel’s legitimacy. For example, she calls for an ‘Arab Palestine’.

The Golden Era of Egyptian Music

In fact, what made this era exceptional was the fortuitous coming together of great musical talent – composers, singers and lyrical poets/songwriters. Together, they propelled this artistic engine and left a great legacy behind.

Venom in Verse: War of Words Deepens Gulf Crisis

Some Twitter users hailed the song for declaring loyalty to the Saudi kingdom. Others criticized the artists for aiding a propaganda campaign against Qatar, arguing that music should not serve political agendas.

Kuwait’s Anglowaiti Music Scene

Anglophone artists are using their music to ‘convey free speech’, Anglowaiti music is more community driven and more commercial than its regional counterparts. It is also more focused on promoting talent and building relationships between musicians, producers, promoters and their customers, and educating the public on their musical visions and specific brands.

Hip Hop Hooray: Rap Finds Fertile Ground in Iran

Under President Hassan Rouhani, cultural freedoms have continued to expand. Legal Persian pop music is now widespread and pop concerts are regularly held in various cities around the country. However, securing a permit for hip-hop concerts remains difficult. Although the state has taken some steps to release the pressure on rap music, normalization of hip-hop continues to be a challenge.

Egyptian Rappers Fight Censorship Amid State Crackdown

Egyptian rap maintained its fervor once the Muslim Brotherhood under Mohamed Morsi came to power in 2012. Artists became more focused on including nuance in their music. However, Everything changed in June 2013, when General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Mohamed Morsi. Rappers wrote lyrics about Poverty, police brutality,state corruption and sexual harassment.

Arab Spring Not Over in Morocco

An open appeal addressed primarily to the king by journalists, intellectuals and artists sought to calm the situation in the Rif region. The appeal, which was circulated on Facebook, called on the king to intervene ‘directly or indirectly to reassure public opinion, using the language of productive dialogue and positive interaction and to ensure that the promises made are kept.