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SEU Social Justice LLC presents Activist/Musician Ramy Essam

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St. Edward's University

3001 South Congress Avenue

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The SEU Social Justice LLC and event co-sponsors--The Center for Ethics and Leadership and the University Programming Board--invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Austin Community to hear a performance and lecture by Ramy Essam.

Egypt’s Ramy Essam exploded into international fame as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators. During the height of the uprising, he performed in front of millions of people in Tahrir Square, and his music became the soundtrack of a whole generation of his countrymen and women struggling for a better life and a more just society. His song Irhal, in which he demands the resignation of then-ruler Hosni Mubarak, is referred to as the real anthem of the revolution.

But fame came with a heavy price. Ramy experienced brutal torture and arrests that were meant to silence his voice. His songs were banned and he was forbidden to perform publicly. He resolved to come out even stronger against oppression, saying “In the revolution I was born again. The struggle became the purpose of my life.”

In 2014, Sweden offered him a safe haven – and with his voice freed, he’s toured and released rock-influenced recordings that prove he remains one of the loudest voices for the young generation in Egypt and their fight for a progressive and modern society. He’s also become an international symbol of social activism, and a beacon of bravery in the Middle East and the rest of the world. He performs with a band of both Swedish and Egyptian musicians, and in addition to other credits, was recently awarded the Spirit of Folk Award by the Folk Alliance International. His video The Camp a collaboration with PJ Harvey has hit over 100k views on YouTube.

Now in 2017 Ramy returns to the international scene, more determined than ever, in the shape of the underground rebel rocker with an east-meets-west sounding rock album “Resala Ela Magles El Amn” (A letter to the UN Security Council). An album where heavy rock riffs join forces with infectious beats and political street poetry demanding social justice, gender equality and human rights.

Ramy is considered to be one of the loudest voices for the young generation in Egypt and its struggle for a progressive and modern society, and has become an international symbol of social activism and a beacon of uncommon bravery in the Middle East.

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2011 he received the Freemuse Award
  • 2016 he was titled ”IMC Music Rights Champion” by IMC (Unesco´s advisory body on matters of music)
  • 2017 he received the prestigious ”Spirit of Folk Award” at Folk Alliance International Conference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EzU-0D4SeY&t=4s his story in interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOo8BiSLVSE 2.9 million plus views.

https://www.timeout.com/london/music/100-songs-that-changed-history-8#irhal-r-ramy-essam-2011-

#3 of top 100 songs that changed history --

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIG5GoKKoAk Hela Hela

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Ou_mE8ba4

http://ramyessam.net/videos_en.html 60 minutes piece on Ramy post revolution

https://www.buzzfeed.com/djpeisner/ramy-essam-needs-to-stay-famous-so-he-doesnt-get-killed?utm_term=.trXOz91zOr#.bnGovB0voK

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/15/134538629/ramy-esam-the-singer-of-the-egyptian-revolution

YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/RamyEssam1

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RamyEssamOfficial/?ref=br_rs

Twitter https://twitter.com/ramyessam?lang=en

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ramyessamofficial/?hl=en

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