Ramy Essam
Ramy Essam
Voice Of A New Generation

It is a song.

We have been dreaming of a better Egypt for seven years. Even in the darkest of times, we haven’t lost hope. We have expressed ourselves peacefully through art, using music as a tool against violence, oppression and corruption.

 

With this song we wanted to remind everyone of the freedom we once had, granted by the revolution. We wanted to remind everyone of the right to speak, the right to criticize, and the right to dream of change.

 

We wanted to start a dialogue about where Egypt is now and where it could be. Our art is not created to make people fight. It is music, it is how we feel. It is a song.

 

 

- Ramy Essam April 5, 2018

 
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Galal El-Behairy’s sentence announcement delayed again with new date scheduled for June 27

Galal El-Behairy’s sentence was to be announced in Cairo on May 16, but it was delayed again until June 27. Support Galal, stand with freedom of expression – please sign the petition now!


Statement From Galal El-Behairy

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
My friends, it is with great sorrow that I write to you the following:
Time has passed us by…I have spent twenty and some years amongst you as a brother, a friend and a son... I was raised the same way my ancestors and your parents had been raised… We receive what God provides, hope for a happy tomorrow and thank God for the good and the bad. Over the past few days, I have been observing in silence the way things are turning out to be…

Galal El-Behairy’s sentence to be announced in Military Court, May 16

With no forewarning on May 6, the Egyptian Military Court let it be known that Galal El-Behairy will be sentenced on May 9. The trial took place on May 9 and the sentence will be announced on May 16. Human rights organizations, diplomats and artists have released a statements. 

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Torture, beatings and prison for Galal El-Behairy, for Ramy Essam's viral video “Balaha.”

#FreeGalal   #PrisonersofBalaha

After the release of Ramy Essam’s latest song and music video Balaha, the author of the lyrics Galal El-Behairy was arrested, beaten and tortured. A warrant for the arrest of Ramy Essam on similar charges, was issued in absentia.

 On February 26, 2018, Ramy Essam released a new song and music video Balaha, criticizing the authoritarian regime of Egypt. The song by the Egyptian revolutionary singer has amassed over 3.5 million views on YouTube alone. Soon after the release various pro-state TV hosts launched a smear campaign against Ramy and the poet Galal El-Behairy, who wrote the lyrics to the song. The Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem stated on TV that she will bring a case against Galal El-Behairy because of his work as a poet, and various TV-hosts called for Ramy Essam’s “legal slaughter”, to revoke his citizenship, and to prosecute him as a foreign spy.

On March 3, 2018 Galal El-Behairy was arrested and his whereabouts were not disclosed to his family or lawyers until he appeared before the state prosecution on March 10. He showed signs of severe torture and beating and was taken for forensic medical examination.

Because of  the lyrics he wrote for Balaha, as well as his latest book of poetry, The Finest Women on Earth ( خير نسوان الأرض) published earlier this year, Galal El-Behairy is being investigated by the high state-security prosecutor. Charges against him include being a member of a terrorist group, spreading false news, the abuse of social-media networks, blasphemy, contempt of religion and insulting the military. An arrest warrant in the same case has been  issued against Ramy Essam for the song Balaha.

Galal El-Behairy likewise faces charges for the content of his book, in a separate case by the military prosecutor.

Ramy Essam released the following statement:

It is a song

We have been dreaming of a better Egypt for seven years. Even in the darkest of times, we haven’t lost hope. We have expressed ourselves peacefully through art, using music as a tool against violence, oppression and corruption.

With this song we wanted to remind everyone of the freedom we once had, granted by the revolution. We wanted to remind everyone of the right to speak, the right to criticize, and the right to dream of change.

We wanted to start a dialogue about where Egypt is now and where it could be. Our art is not created to make people fight. It is music, it is how we feel. It is a song.
— Ramy Essam

Read more at: ramyessamvoice.com 

We condemn this brutal repression of the freedom of expression.
We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Galal El-Behairy!
Join us in solidarity with the #PrisonersofBalaha #FreeGalal

Watch Balaha here:  WATCH VIDEO ⇨

Don’t let artistic expression of dissent be silenced.
Sign and share the petition at:

Change.org

Campaign contact: 
prisonersofbalaha@gmail.com

Campaign Partner: Artists at Risk (AR): www.artistsatrisk.org

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Poet Galal El-Behairy arrested for Balaha song lyrics.

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A Message From Galal El-Behairy

 

Balaha

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