In 2011 Ramy Essam exploded into international fame as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution. His songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators, and during the height of the uprising Ramy performed in front of millions of people in the Tahrir Square. The songs became the soundtrack of a whole generation of young Egyptians ́ struggle for a better future. His song ”Irhal”, in which he ́s demanding the resignation of Mubarak, is referred to as the real anthem of the revolution. But fame came with a heavy price with brutal torture and arrests meant to silence Ramy. Still, he came out even stronger and more determined to speak out against the oppression. ”In the revolution I was born again. The struggle became the purpose of my life.”
While the Middle East struggles with its future direction, the Ramy Essam of 2016 stands out as one of its most important voices. Just like rock n ́ roll has always been the voice of the young, rebel rocker Ramy takes aim at the younger generation to express its struggle for a progressive and modern society.