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Mahraganat — the music Egyptian authorities don’t want you to hear

Nothing is Foreign23:52The music Egypt doesn’t want you to hear

Over the last 20 years, a pulsing fusion of EDM, rap and Egyptian folk – known as Mahraganat – has risen from the streets of Cairo and become a worldwide phenomenon. 

But Egypt’s authorities are now cracking down on the music and the artists creating it, saying it’s immoral and corrupting young people. 

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We take you inside the culture and class wars of Egypt and explore what the banning of popular music says about the African country’s image and its future. 

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  • Mahmoud Rafat, music producer and executive of 100Copies Music.
  • Fady Adel, Egyptian culture journalist.

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