The Soundtrack to the Arab Spring

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tunisian rap singer Hamada Ben Amor, also knows as ''The General'' performs during the first meeting of the Tunisia'smain PDP opposition party on January 29, 2011 in Tunis. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Since its humble beginnings in the Bronx during the 1970s, hip hop has become a global musical phenomenon with attendant forms of style and protest. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of hip hop's recent impact is in the Arab world where formed the soundtrack to the revolution with rappers like Hamada Ben Amor from Tunisia, Cheikh Oumar Cyrille from Senegal, and Mohamed el Deeb from Egypt.

Sujatha Fernandes is author of "Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation."


Sujatha Fernandes

Produced by:

Jay Cowit and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Doug J from world

I came by this song by Pete Donnelly , Careful. This song is a soundtrack of global political situation. we each have a choice what to do - protest or do nothing. not easy. great song...

Feb. 09 2012 03:43 PM
Bob Volin from New York

My all time favorite "protest song" is a call to personal action, low key yet so profound - it's Phil Ochs' "While I'm Here."

Feb. 06 2012 09:49 PM
JD Thompson from Hudson, Colorado

For your 'Protest Songs' segment. Probably my favorite, and amazingly it is still applicable for today and world activities is Steppenwolf's "Monster/America" from their 'Monster' album.

Feb. 06 2012 02:38 PM

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