February 18th, 2011
10:39 PM ET

Music video recorded in Tahrir Square goes viral

“It was like a documentary for the revolution,” said Hany Adel of Egyptian soft rock band Wust El-Balad and a vocalist on the song “Sout Al Horeya” (“Voice of Freedom”). The video, shot in  Cairo's Tahrir Square during the protests, has become a viral hit.

“It’s the only music video that was shot inside the square during revolution," he said. "It is going to be a source to see the revolution in a good way."

Adel and Amir Eid of the Egyptian rock band Cairokee are the vocalists and can be seen walking among the crowd singing. But their words, written by Eid, also come through the mouths of protesters:

“In every street in my country, the sound of freedom is calling.”

Eid said the words came from his experiences in the first days of the demonstrations.

“I think this is the song of the revolution.” Eid said. "I am so proud that we made this song about our country with our people, and I hope we can make another one in the future.”

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They said the idea for the music video came after they met on the streets on January 25, the first day of the protests.

Many of the people who worked on the video were caught in the violence. Eid was hit by a rubber bullet. Others said they were kicked and hit with stones. The violence motivated them to collaborate to give the people of Egypt and the world a first-hand account of the struggle, they said.

“This was our weapon," Mostafa Fahmy said. “My camera, Amir's guitar, Hany's voice and Sherif Mostafa's keyboard. These were our weapons for the revolution.”

Fahmy used a digital SLR camera to shoot the video and still images.

“You can have tears in your eyes while you are sad; you can have tears while you are happy. But there is a new kind of tears that we have right now. We are proud. They are tears of pride and the tears of freedom," Eid said.


Filed under: Egypt • Music • Protest
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  1. banasy

    All in all, problems in our country notwithstanding, I'd *much* rather live here!!!

    February 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ajz

    reptilians with human emotions

    February 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Veritas

    Scottish momma and Banasy from your lips to Gods ears so true. I completly agree with you both.

    February 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NoName

    Using the revolution as an easy way to get famous... why is everyone so supportive of this? Next time, they should try making music that doesn't suck.... Maybe I should have filmed a music video at the site of the Twin Towers as they were falling down?!

    February 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nida10

      You don't know what the song is about or understand its lyrics, so please spare us your condescending comment. It is a message of hope and resistance. Not every tragedy has to go back to the Twin Towers. No correlation here . And yes, the music is great.

      February 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vanilla Vince

    Pizza wasn't that satisfying after all. Maybe a little Chinese food tonight will do the trick.

    February 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Heshoooo Gadolloooo

    Wawooo amazing song, with strong words....
    Also, I find it fascinating that the persons in the vedio are the egyptian people them selfs, not the singers .... 🙂
    I love Egypt...
    God bless it..

    February 20, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Al Rasheedi

    Congratulations to all Egyptians.May God bless u and unite u all on his bath.Amen.
    The middle east has woken up after a long Sleep AT LAST !!.We have great history shameful present and today exciting and unpredictable future.May God by with us all.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. sqawbish

    wwhat about serbia ! when do we get back kosovo ! yankee doudle **ck up everybodies countries !

    February 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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