Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist


Underground Revolution


Long before the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 sparked by protests in Cairo’s Tahir Square, local hip-hop artists had already been making music from underground spaces that rallied against the policies of then-president Hosni Mubarak and his regime. From parkour to skateboarding to rapping, a network of artists in Alexandria has united in the purpose of expressing personal freedoms while denouncing what they feel are political injustices. Though similar in its form, the message of Egyptian rap artists is distinct from Western hip-hop in that it is rooted in anthems of protest. It speaks specifically to struggles within Arab countries while mixing traditional sounds and instruments. The rappers continue to speak against policies that were implemented during Mubarak’s regime, as well as those that persist under the current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Artists like prominent group Arabian Knightz, whose lyrics speak on behalf of rights for women and freedom from oppression, are increasingly anxious to continue the legacy of rallying for change and speaking on issues of human rights. “Most of them have lyrics about political revolution. But nowadays this is not the main aspect, what is completely revolutionary is that a new generation of artists is taking a new approach, breaking the rules of tradition that is very different from the previous generations.”

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  1. Above Zero
    Above Zero
  2. DRO, singer of the hip hop band Rassef L'bkariya.
    DRO, singer of the hip hop band Rassef L'bkariya.
  3. E-Money from the band Arabian Knight
    E-Money from the band Arabian Knight
  4. Rooney, rapper, in the headquarter of Revolution Record, one of the most important label in the Middle East.
    Rooney, rapper, in the headquarter of Revolution Record, one of the most important label in the Middle East.
  5. Five-o
    Five-o
  6. Inside a tattoo studio
    Inside a tattoo studio
  7. Koko, one of the few arabic tattoo artist, since tattoo is forbittend by the Qumarn
    Koko, one of the few arabic tattoo artist, since tattoo is forbittend by the Qumarn
  8. Bander, general manager of the graffiti cew Graffaholic.
    Bander, general manager of the graffiti cew Graffaholic.
  9. Football freestyle
    Football freestyle
  10. Maii Waled, hip hop singer
    Maii Waled, hip hop singer
  11. Arabian Knightz is an Egyptian hip hop trio from Cairo, Egypt that formed in 2005 consisting of Rush (Karim Adel), Sphinx (Hesham Abed), and E-Money (Ehab Adel). It is known for releasing "Rebel feat. Lauryn Hill," one of the first songs released from Egypt following the internet censorship during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.
    Arabian Knightz is an Egyptian hip hop trio from Cairo, Egypt that formed in 2005 consisting of Rush (Karim Adel), Sphinx (Hesham Abed), and E-Money (Ehab Adel). It is known for releasing "Rebel feat. Lauryn Hill," one of the first songs released from Egypt following the internet censorship during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.
  12. Temraz, rapper, in the headquarter of Revolution Record
    Temraz, rapper, in the headquarter of Revolution Record
  13. wara2a b-100, young hip hop band
    wara2a b-100, young hip hop band
  14. Cherif Herrawi, from Skate Impact Crew.
    Cherif Herrawi, from Skate Impact Crew.
  15. Hana, youg femalwe skater with other member of the crew on the roof of the Skate Impact headquarter.
    Hana, youg femalwe skater with other member of the crew on the roof of the Skate Impact headquarter.
  16. The Skate Impact Crew performing in front of the Univeristy.
    The Skate Impact Crew performing in front of the Univeristy.
  17. 2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
    2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
  18. 2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
    2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
  19. 2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
    2DF parkour team performing at Citadel of Qaitbay
  20. Hip Hop street style
    Hip Hop street style
  21. he founder of Radio Tram, Undeground voice of Alexandria.
    he founder of Radio Tram, Undeground voice of Alexandria.
  22. Inside the headquarter of Radio Tram
    Inside the headquarter of Radio Tram