I don't know how this will all shake out, but my hope is for a peaceful transition to more representative government for the people of this region. It won't be quick or easy, but with many corrupt leaders having held onto power for decades (yes, often supported by my own government), it's time.
Though perhaps something like the in-your-face rai-rock of Rachid Taha would be more appropriate this week, I've been listening to Egyptian jazz today. The music of Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band (recorded back in the early 1970s, re-released by Art Yard in 2006) reminds me more than a little of some of the Ethiopian jazz of the same time. It's great stuff, and I like to think that this could represent an emerging style of government for a new Egypt: some western influences layered over deeply held Egyptian roots.
from the album Egyptian Jazz
Sadly, Salah Ragab passed away in 2008, and won't bear witness to his nation's apparent rebirth. At least his music lives on. Here's the Sun Ra Arkestra and others keeping this song alive, in a recording from 2010:
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