Song "Take a Close Look at the Picture" by Salma Sabbahi
أغنية "اتأملوا الصورة" لسلمى الصباحي
The song was produced in late 2011 after the famous cabinet sit-in and the violence directed against the protesters by the military. The lyrics condemn the army, and their extreme measures of violence and abuse committed against the women protesters (especially 'sitt al-banat').
Sabbahi calls upon Egyptians to look closely at the new picture in which army officers are beating, torturing and killing protesters on the streets, and then accusing them of being "baltagiyya" (thugs). The singer sharply criticises this emerging “bloody” picture, urging the viewers to ponder this new frame.
Salma Sabbahi (singer); Ahmed Shalabi (lyrics creator); and Mohammed Khalaf (composer)
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Salma Sabbahi (singer); Ahmed Shalabi (lyrics creator); and Mohammed Khalaf (composer), “Song "Take a Close Look at the Picture" by Salma Sabbahi,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed December 7, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/12.
Warning! This video contains some images of violence.