"Once upon a time" by Eskenderella Band
أغنية "يحكى أن" لفرقة اسكندريلا
The lyrics by poet Amin Haddad and sung by Eskenderella Band in the aftermath of the 2011 Revolution pay tribute to the Egyptian people and their revolt against injustice and the imperial powers that exploited them. The song represents the revolution as an awakening for the people, who realised their power and demanded their freedom and political rights.
"Egypt was reborn in Tahrir .. the revolution's sun shines through the martyrs. Our revolution is an Arab one". This was one of the most popular songs the band sang in celebration of the revolution.
Eskenderella was formed in 2000 but became much more known after the 2011 revolution. Members of the band participated in the 18 day Tahrir Square sit-in as well as other phases of the revolution and their songs also document these different phases. Their music is inspired by Egyptian musical heritage, such as Sayed Darwish and Sheikh Imam, and is based on traditional Arabic melodic progression and improvisation.
Amin Haddad and Eskenderella Band
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Amin Haddad and Eskenderella Band, “"Once upon a time" by Eskenderella Band,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed April 19, 2021, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/32.