In the City: Egyptian Documentary "Electro Chaabi" makes Headlines in London

“Electro Chaabi” illustrates the world of mahraganat music; In Cairo’s underprivileged Al-Salam City neighborhood centers, emergence and development of an Egyptian hip-hop music genre. “Mahraganat” musicians are a replacement of Western hip-hop rhythms with Middle Eastern rhythmic patterns known as maqsoum, both folk with electro beats. Lyrics in Arabic describes “Mahraganat” musicians’ life realities and hardships, depicting on a variety of socio-political issues around the way.

The film was produced by IPS and Studio Masr and released in 2013, written and directed by Hind Meddeb. The film has gain notoriety through many international outlets.


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