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Author: Elizabeth Pierson
Egyptian DJ transforms rough neighborhood through lively mahraganat music
By day, Salam City is a tough, poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo. By night, it is the breeding ground for an emerging music scene that is now making its way across the country. Mahraganat, which means "Festivals" in Arabic, is Egypt's newest musical genre. It appeared on YouTube in late 2009, and really took hold following the 2011 revolution. Radio and television stations did not give the new music airtime so musicians built their reputations beyond their own neighborhoods by circulating amateur home recordings via the Internet. Soon the phenomenon spread across the entire city, transforming its barren streets into wild nighttime street parties called mahragan. DJ Sadat is one of the godfathers of mahraganat, helping create the music that has left a lasting impact on the neighborhood in which he grew up. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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