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. Glem Pashni

    To all of you in Egypt: God has granted you freedom, now you must use it to create good in this world. Ye are truly blessed.
    This is Pashni Glem and I am ROTFP for you all. Rolling on the floor, praying.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      No, actually. No imaginary friend did anything for them. They gained their independence through sheer courage and protest, not by praying and hoping it'll all go away. Grow up.

      February 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • timetraveler

      Take your "god granted you" crap elsewhere. No god or Santa Claus or tooth fairy helped them. They did this all themselves, and to say otherwise is an insult to them. Go back to whatever religious rat hole you crawled out from. People like you are a cancer on humanity.

      February 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • happy guy

      So, Do you mean the GOD had denied freedom and justice to all egyptian for the past 30 years?

      February 20, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Zee705

      Yet another victory for "god". Why is it that "god" gets credit for ordinary peoples' great accomplishments? Aren't people capable of these things without "divine intervention"?

      February 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Haywood Jablowme

    Pretty dangerous and noble undertaking, considering the amount of personal risk involved. Very cool.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Haywood Jablowme

    Once again, Pashni, while your sentiments are probably heart-felt, your delivery is off. ROTFP just makes you sound like you're having a seizure...lay off the hookah, will ya?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Glem Pashni

    What is hookah? I am confused by your statements.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glem Pashni

    For myself, praying is an occasion of joy. That is why I have started more positive internet acronyms.

    Our youth is bombarded by abbreviations such as rotflmgdao and lol.

    However, oftentimes, these acronyms can be used ti do harm.

    Thusly, in the creation of rolling on the floor praying or "rotfp," we now have a benign expression with a positive charge, indicating no intentional intellectual hasrm in its usage.

    Be kind to all living things.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • timetraveler

      Why don't you roll on the floor really fast until you hit your head against the wall and crack it open, and "thusly" die. Make sure you make video of it so somebody can post it on youtube for all to enjoy, you ignorant piece of garbage.

      February 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hassan

    Very touching song. Much respect to all the Egyptians.. May Palestine soon join the freedom group soon, God willing.. Great video.. much love from a Palestinian- American.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Vanilla Vince

    I'm hungry for pizza.

    February 19, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. ThomasD

    Pizza sounds wonderful. @ Mr. Pashni, Keep it up.

    February 19, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. StanAmerikanski

    Human nature is amazing.
    The video is made in the square where many people died only few days before.
    Young people are positive and this is hope for the future. Including peace with all the neighbors.

    But some commentators are so blase (this all revolution in Egypt is like a video game demo to them, and a boring one to that) so they just dismissively make fun of it and ask for pizza. Great compassion human beings! Watch your waist.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Wow...SOMEBODYS feeling a little important tonight. I think the song and the inspiration for it is wonderful. I also love pizza.

    February 19, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Insha musika

    Excellent. Where others expect media promo metalic rebellions OR americanized shouting over the lamest sports selling beats.... The poetry is alive. The living faces.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @raven:
    Lmao. And I agree!

    February 19, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation. http://nopolicestategirl.net/2011/02/04/egypt.aspx

    February 19, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. maher halawa

    what an amazing group, i am proud of them, proud of being egyptian.all the energy of those young people had exploded by the revolution. well done all of you. I am happy to live this moment of freedom

    February 19, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    And while the middleeast is gaining freedom, we are loosing it in America.

    February 19, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
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