“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.”
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.