Sing No More: Arab Music and the Political Imperative

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This text by Maan Abu Taleb constitutes a reflection on the very topic of this issue: music and the revolution; music and politics. Are these two entities too eagerly associated? Using the example of Arab music, the 1932 Cairo Congress to standardize it on European terms, and the more recent genre embodied by Mahraganat, Maan Abu Taleb argues for a more subtle revolution within music itself.