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Vox Populi Editors

Vox Populi Editors

Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

[Gemmayze Graffiti. Beirut, Lebanon. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. Each month, Vox Populi (voxpop.jadaliyya.com) will focus on a different thematic subject, which we will analyze through the variety of pieces and roundups we produce that month. Below is our mission statement:  Vox Populi ...

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Vox Populi Roundup (August)

[A picture from the play

English Mashrou’ Leila and the night club’s political power On a recent breezeless afternoon, I met two young Saudi women sitting on the grass outside the Prospect Park Bandshell, in Brooklyn. They were wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the Lebanese alternative-rock band Mashrou’ Leila, and they were snapping selfies where the band was scheduled to headline at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival later that evening.  Can Arab Artists Survive? Can Arab ...

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Jadaliyya Launches a New Page: VOX POPULI صوت الشعب

[Image from el-Seed, Morocco. It is also the page banner for Vox Populi, acquired by permission.]

Jadaliyya is proud to announce the launch of a new page, Vox Populi [صوت الشعب/Sawt al-Sha‘b or Voice of the People]. Featuring popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East, Vox Populi seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which ...

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Yaser El Manawhly - The Monetary Fund

[Screenshot from Yaser El Manwhly's

With witty political commentary and folk-ish oud melodies, Egyptian musician Yasser El Manawahly channels the spirit of Sheikh Imam into the contemporary political and social issues of Egypt. In this song, Yasser takes on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Talk of an IMF loan has been widespread among Egyptian policymakers since the January 25 uprising unseated Hosni Mubarak. Even though this song was released in October 2012, it is particularly relevant to current ...

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Vox Populi Editors

 

Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and mobilization. Through interviews, analysis, individual and institutional profiles, video snippets, films, music videos, and visual and street art, Vox Populi communicates and showcases important trends about/from the region that are often left out in what is otherwise serious analytical treatments.

Featured material does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Jadaliyya. Rather, it reflects trends, patterns, and emergent spaces for alternative forms of expression. 

If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to VoxPopuli@Jadaliyya.com 

 

Vox Populi Editors

Camille Reynolds, Dima Yassine, Katty Alhayek, Mohammad Ali Nayel, Bassam Haddad