Underground Music and the Arab Uprisings

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On September 17, 2013, Dr. Zeina G. Halabi (Department of Asian Studies at UNC-CH) appeared on the Global Music Show on WXYC 89.3FM. The show explored contemporary indie and underground bands in the context of the Arab uprisings. Different in both genre and content, the songs selected by Dr. Halabi were by pop, hip-hop, and rock bands from Egypt (Thawrageya; Youssra el Hawary; Massar Egbari), Lebanon (Mashrou3 Leila; El-Rass), Syria (Al-Sayyid Darwish), Palestine (Boikutt), Morocco (Soultana) and Jordan (El-Morabba3). Whereas some of the artists above are more established and more politically explicit than others, they all engage the intense political and social upheavals that the Arab world is witnessing today.