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February 7, 2011 4:14 AM   Subscribe

Egyptian artist and musician Ahmed Basiony died on January 28 from asphyxiation while participating in the popular uprising. 100radiostation.com has been playing his music continuously ever since.

His Vimeo channel has only two documents of his live sound, but it's interesting stuff (via Dangerous Minds

Disquiet.com offers a small view of his life's work and posts a remarkable audio memorial.

A few more photographs and his CV at AfricanColours.

His unfinished website.
posted by artof.mulata (13 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by notion at 5:47 AM on February 7, 2011


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Listening to 100radiostation - it's interesting stuff, thanks for posting. Very sad.
posted by molecicco at 5:51 AM on February 7, 2011


Another act of oppresion by the regime of Mubarak.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 6:37 AM on February 7, 2011


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posted by humannaire at 6:50 AM on February 7, 2011


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posted by lapolla at 7:20 AM on February 7, 2011


So sorry he died. But proud of him for being an activist artist.

Thanking him for his brave and meaningful sacrifice. Condolences to his family and friends.
posted by nickyskye at 9:02 AM on February 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by Vibrissae at 4:13 PM on February 7, 2011


A better and more depressing biography...
posted by artof.mulata at 9:21 PM on February 7, 2011


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Wow, this music is really good stuff. :-( I'm sitting in a hotel room in Sydney right now listening to it with my wife.

I hope it's worth it. Let's cross our fingers that they'll do the right thing in Egypt. What a shame our "Democratic" leaders in the US aren't apparently doing much - but then, what do we expect?

An extra . for this talented and brave man. I'll remember his name and seek out his music.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:46 PM on February 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


And I should add that this is the first time I ever heard avant garde or electronic music from the Arab world. Hearing it makes me happy and makes me believe that I have something in common with everyone everywhere.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:47 PM on February 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


I posted to metatalk about my reasons for creating this FPP and it was suggested I should do the same here.

I came across Ahmed Basiony's music while searching for artist's responses to the uprising in Egypt and was astounded by its beauty. Minutes later I discovered that the author had been murdered while protesting in the streets.

This post was made not to just lament and note his sad passing, but also to point out his lovely music. I'd like to celebrate that music and life.

Thanks for listening to his sound and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
posted by artof.mulata at 12:45 AM on February 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


What a shame our "Democratic" leaders in the US aren't apparently doing much - but then, what do we expect?

I know! I mean, what's the point of being an empire if you can't remove a client government now and then, right?
posted by octobersurprise at 6:00 AM on February 8, 2011


> I know! I mean, what's the point of being an empire if you can't remove a client government now and then, right?

har har. Simply, you know, NOT supporting a dictator is all I was asking, frankly.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 3:20 PM on February 8, 2011


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