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Amir Eid, the Cairokee band frontman, takes part to all protests in Tahrir Square since January 25. He wrote the 'Sout al-Houraya' lyrics and sings it with a friend of his, Hany Adel, a spearhead of the Egyptian underground scène. I went down the street, swearing to never go back and I wrote with my blood in every street Our voices touched those who hadn't been hearing us And we broke all barriers Our dreams were our weapons And we could clearly see tomorrow We had been waiting for so long Searching without never finding our place In every street in my country voice of freedom rings out In every street in my country voice of freedom rings out We didn't think you would hear this song, you see? When Amir wrote the lyrics, he wanted people to see the true revolution of Tahrir Square because Egyptian media were giving a very bad image of the people protesting at Tahrir. I gave several ideas to put the words in music and Hawary brought in the sound of his guitare, Amir -- his acoustic guitare, we assembled and recorded the whole in one day and right after having finished, we went to Tahrir Square to shoot the video. Amir was in the street 2 days after the song was put online. He called me and told me: "Everybody is looking at me in the street and smiling. I don't know why, what is going on?" We hadn't been browsing the web at that moment. As I am a little famous, people were looking at me, too, they had seen me in a movie maybe given that I play sometimes. But they were staring at me in a very different way. And for Amir, it was strange that people are looking at him in the street and that, wherever he goes, they say: "Hi, how are you?" Later on, we checked on the internet The song ranked number 7 among all YouTube hits worldwide, and this, 2 days after having it out. This was strange. 700,000 visits and it was a hit in 2 days. It was very dangerous to make this song because, if Mubarak had not stepped down, we would probably be in jail. It was an adventure for us. Not only Hany Adel and Amir Eid haven't been arrested, but their song inspired people. Youth from Alexandria took it to heart and shoot their own video on a construction site in the city. American students learning Arabic make a tribute in their own way. And even Star Academy hopefuls in Lebanon. We don't attempt to run away of this song, but we try not to be the people who make only one hit. We don't want to be reduced to it. Be it Cairokee or Wust al-Balad, we have other things to give to the public. This song was performed for a particular reason and that's it. Hany Adel, Amir Eid and their bands keep on, however, being very much on demand by media from all over the world such as CNN, France 24, Arte and others. They have been invited to the last edition of the Festival de Cannes to take part to a tribute to Egypte.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 50 seconds
Country: France
Language: French (France)
Views: 685
Posted by: sebsaugues on Aug 30, 2011

When Amir Eid and Hany Adel – respectively frontmen of Cairokee and Wust El-Balad two of the most popular rock bands in Egypt – registered the song “Sout al Horeya” (“The Voice of Freedom”) in early February in support of the revolution in Egypt, they didn’t imagine that it would become a massive hit, getting the attention of medias worldwide like CNN, Arte, France 24…
This is the story of the song “Sout al Horeya”, one of the anthem of the #Jan 25 Revolution.

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