Revolutionary Music in Lebanon and Egypt: Alternative Imaginaries for Self-representation and Participation




Egypt, Lebanon, changing media, revolutionary music, alternative media


Globally, mainstream media excludes or misrepresents many societal groups, resulting in significant community absences. In these contexts, alternative media plays a vital role in offering meaningful self-representation and political participation. This type of media becomes crucial in revolutionary contexts, where people rise against the injustices of their governments in hopes of change. This article offers a case study approach to revolutionary music in the Middle East, where we review the socio-economic and political contexts behind the emergence of alternative media in Lebanon and Egypt. We analyze our cases by using Bailey et al.’s (2007) comprehensive approaches to alternative media. We propose that revolutionary music evolves and adapts to larger changes in the public sphere. Still, as the article concludes, while music can enable a persistent community when demanding change, it does not guarantee an actual change in the political system.

Author Biographies

Sahar Bou Hamdan Ghanem, Northwestern University in Qatar

Sahar Bou Hamdan is a student and research assistant at Northwestern University in Qatar, majoring in Media Communications and minoring in Middle East Studies. Her main fields of interest encompass the analysis of change in the Arab media industries and the role of revolutions in achieving this change.

Bouthaina El-Kheshn, Georgetown University in Qatar

Bouthaina El-Kheshn is a graduate of Georgetown University in Qatar with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Foreign Service, specializing in culture and politics. Her research interests revolve around media and politics in the Middle East, particularly in the complexities and repercussions of social movements in that region.


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How to Cite

Bou Hamdan Ghanem, S., & El-Kheshn, B. (2022). Revolutionary Music in Lebanon and Egypt: Alternative Imaginaries for Self-representation and Participation. Central European Journal of Communication, 15(1(30), 150-167.



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