Make Real News!

100K Challenge!

$90,102 raised so farEND DATE: October 5   
Every dollar you donate will be matched until we reach our 100K goal!
  • Latest News
  • Pitch a Story
  • Work with a Journalist
  • Join the Blog Squad
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Baltimore
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Military
  • Occupy
  • Organize This
  • Reality Asserts Itself
  • US Politics
  • Making Music with the Revolutionary Artists Union of Egypt


    Reed Lindsay continues his series of interviews with artists in Tahrir square. This was shot before the most recent military crack down. -   January 4, 2012
    Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

    Audio

      Share to Twitter
    Share to Facebook




    I support The Real News Network because I am tired of lies and biased journalism. Long live TRNN! - Roberto
    Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

    Precis

    Since massive protests erupted throughout Egypt last January, Egyptians from all walks of life have taken the streets to demand the end of military rule. They included artists, actors, singers and musicians who joined with their fellow revolutionaries in street battles with police, soldiers and thugs. Last February, when they managed to seize control of Tahrir Square, they formed an organization, called the Revolutionary Artists Union, painting, drawing, singing and performing, expressing themselves freely for the first time in their lives. As a second uprising took place in December, they returned to Tahrir Square...

    Transcript

    Making Music with the Revolutionary Artists Union of EgyptTAREK EL ADY, MUSICIAN: A my name is Tarek el Ady. I'm a music teacher in the Revolutionary Artists Union. My role is to integrate my music with the Revolution and its various events by discussing the political issues or solutions the average Egyptian wants to learn more about, including corruption, theft, etc.

    During the early days of the battle, I didn't bring any of my equipment. As soon as I had heard about the clashes with the police at the square, I immediately joined. It wasn't quite the right time to play music. I joined to defend my friends, my family, my neighborhood.

    As the fighting receded and gradually came to an end, it became so quiet and peaceful. It's almost like we finally won some of our rights to stay in the square. It was then I brought my oud guitar and we sang political and revolutionary songs, which gives people hope and excitement in these times.

    We can say the oud guitar is a medium to communicate or to bring awareness to a group of people to find out what they need to do and which rights they have. The oud guitar can be replaced by a pen or an actor, but what's important is to get the message across. However, this is the right medium to bring awareness to people, to let them know we have rights, we are being robbed, being fooled, etc. So by playing the oud and some of Sayed Darwish's songs, I remind people that we have rights, we have dignity, and many other things.

    The Revolution hasn't ended, and it won't end as long as there is still oppression and a military who refuses to step down. The problem isn't just with one person or one issue. The problem is with the system. People started to leave their homes and take to the streets once they saw the killings at Mohammed Mahmoud. Before the Mohammed Mahmoud massacres, people thought things had finally calmed down and the economy would finally pick up, etc. But once it happened, people started to come to the streets and collaborate with us. However, up until now most people are still not involved with us. But God willing, people will begin coming to the square and collaborating with us, and the Revolution will continue, we'll have our rights, and all will be well.

    End

    DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


    Comments

    Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

    Comments


    Latest Stories


    Will You Put Us Over the Top?
    Phil Donahue on The Real News
    Acute Economic Inequality Underlies "Occupy Central" Protests in Hong Kong
    US-Brokered Afghan Unity Government Paves Way for Continued Military Presence
    Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East
    Ceasefire Agreements Do Not Address Key Issues in Ukraine
    Spanish Independence Movements and the Recolonization of Southern Europe
    Palestinian Authority Has No Legitimacy to Govern in Gaza
    TRNN Debate: Can Carbon Pricing Bring Down Global Carbon Emissions? (2/2)
    Ferguson Police Chief Sparks Fresh Round of Protests
    After Eric Holder Resigns, A Look at His Record on Bank Prosecutions
    TRNN Debate: Can Carbon Pricing Bring Down Global Carbon Emissions? (1/2)
    I Refused to be Treated like an Animal - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)
    Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (1/3)
    Turkish-Syrian Border "The Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech
    Six Years in Solitary Confinement - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (7/10)
    US Bombs Syria without Congressional Approval
    The Frame Up - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (6/10)
    What Role Is Turkey Playing in the War against ISIS?
    Detroit's Water Shut-offs at the Center of Bankruptcy Proceedings
    Body of War
    Thousands #FloodWallStreet to Target Institutions Profiting from Climate Change
    Re-energizing the Electrical Grid
    Do We Need a War on U.S. Military Carbon Emissions?
    World Leaders to Emit Promises of Hot Air at UN Climate Summit
    Voices from the Historic 300,000+ Strong 'People's Climate March'
    Most Members of the Black Caucus Have Supported Police Militarization
    The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?
    War, Whistleblowing and Independent Journalism Panel
    It's Time to Act on the Climate Crisis

    RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

    All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network.  Click here for more

    Problems with this site? Please let us know

    Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting