Ramy Essam's new song and music video El Amiis El Karoo (The Flannel Shirt) reminds of the 1.000 days of imprisonment of Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy aon 27th of November 2020.
It highlights the #IwantToBreathe campaign in which people share pictures of themselves with plastic bags on their head, that started in Egypt in 2016: "Prisoners in Egypt are slowly dying because of the deteriorating conditions of their cells."
Ramy Essam: El Amiis El Karoo (The Flannel Shirt)
Lyrics: Galal El-Behairy, Tora Prison 2018
Composing: Ramy Essam
Producer: Johan Carlberg
Guitar: Johan Carlberg
Bass: Rikard Lidhamn
Drums: Harry Wallin
Rev House Productions 2020
Video filmed, edited & directed by Ramy Essam
Video performance & choreography by Sanni Kahilainen
Cover art by Ganzeer
Galal El-Behairy's poem from behind bars, Metaphor has been published and translated.
Galal El-Behairy: Metaphor
Galal El-Behairy's poem Metaphor, written in Tora Prison in 2019, is now published in collaboration with Artists At Risk.
In February 2018 Egyptian artist Ramy Essam released a song and music video, Balaha. Lyricist of the song, poet Galal El-Behairy and web designer Mustafa Gamal have been imprisoned in Egypt since. Director of the music video Shady Habash died in custody after being jailed for almost 800 days.
GALAL EL-BEHAIRY On 31st of July 2018, poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to 3 years on prison and a 10 000 L.E. fine by the Military Court in Cairo, for his unpublished book of poetry, The Finest Women On Earth. Galal also faced charges in a Civilian Court case concerning Balaha, which he has been released from. However, he stays imprisoned, having been sentenced already in the Military Court. #FreeGalal Facebook > Twitter >