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Egypt singer who led 2011 protesters in song finds audience has thinned
Egypt singer who led 2011 protesters in song finds audience has thinned

During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Ramy Essam sang to hundreds of thousands of demonstrators each day. Now, he is playing far smaller venues in North America. Ramy Essam stood in front of a painting depicting the early days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a time when protesters poured Coca-Cola over their eyes to wash out the sting of tear gas. "How many of you speak Arabic?" Essam asked the small crowd, his fingers hovering over the strings of his guitar. A few hands went up gingerly. "Shway," someone said, meaning "a little." "It's really easy, you just say irhal" (leave), he said, encouraging audience participation in his song,...

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