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Ramy Essam: 'El Amiis El Karoo' ('The Flannel Shirt') – Galal El-Behairy 1000 days imprisoned

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poet Galal El-Behairy was sentenced to 3 years on prison and a 10 000 L.E. fine by the Military Court in Cairo, for his unpublished book of poetry, The Finest Women On Earth.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 >




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