Music Matters, Egypt

Suzy Klein discovers the role that music is playing in post-revolution Egypt

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Radio 3
Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 12:15
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Cairo Opera HouseSuzy Klein takes a fascinating look at the role of classical music in turbulent, post-revolution Egypt. She visits the Cairo Opera House, where Verdi’s Aida was premiered and where last month a performance of that same opera was used as a vehicle for protest against government interference.

During the reign of former President Hosni Mubarak classical music was seen as a pursuit reserved for the elite, leading to a stigma among regular Egyptians. Suzy meets arts leaders who are trying to change attitudes and bring music, theatre and dance to the wider populace.

She also visits the underground music scene in Cairo where composers and adventurous musicians are creating new work in the face of this vast social change. Pop and rap music have already produced ‘revolutionary’ sounds, begging the question what new music can contribute to this political climate.

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