The Revolutions' Soundtrack

Nick Kimbrell compiles it:

Many of the most inspiring songs are far from new. The Egyptian national anthem, "Biladi, Biladi, Biladi," composed by Sayed Darwish after the First World Waranother revolutionary period in Egypt’s historyhas taken on an entirely new meaning. As have the Tunisian national anthem, "Humat al-Hima" (penned in part by Abdul-Qasim Al Shabi, whose poem “To the tyrants of the world” was recited at protests) and the nationalistic ballads of Egyptian icon and enchantress Oum Kalthoum. But a number of new songs have emerged during the uprisings, often written by those participating. Some are touching, some are tinged with menace, others are undeniably hilarious.

(Video: Egyptian musicians Amir Eid and Hany Adel’s compelling gentle rock song “Sout al-Horeya,” or “Voice of Freedom”)

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

Just In