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Torie Rose DeGhett


The Rhythms of Egypt's Revolutionaries

[Ramy Essam performing in Tahrir Square in January 2011. Photo by Mark LeVine.]

Music has been one of the most invigorating and beautiful forms of activism across the Middle East and North Africa during the revolutions and uprisings of 2011. People have rallied around the musicians and their messages, from rappers like Morocco's El Haked or Tunisia's El Général to singers like Syria's Ibrahim Qashoush and Egypt's Ramy Essam. The music is a lasting and emotionally rich record of the demands and sentiments of protesters and revolutionaries. It expresses ...

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Torie Rose DeGhett


Torie Rose DeGhett is a staff editor for Current Intelligence, where she runs their morning round-up blog called the Readbook. Her recent and ongoing research focus is the active political role of revolutionary protest music and performers in the Middle East and North Africa and the dynamic connection between this music and political culture. Work of hers on this subject has been published in Guernica, with other outlets forthcoming. Other freelance work of hers has appeared in venues like Small Wars Journal, Alternet, and The Risky Shift. She currently blogs at The Political Notebook.