The Egyptian state has long used culture as a means of propagating its political interests. Many nationalist songs have been beloved, like the music of Um Kulthum, a pan-Arab pop star and political dignitary who remains popular to this today, while others have been less liked, such as "Ikhtarna" [We Chose Him], a pro-Hosni Mubarak song popularized in the 1980s and 1990s whose beat still haunts many Egyptians.
Today, as the cult of General Sisi grows, a new crop of nationalist tunes are going viral.
1. "Teslam Al Ayedi" [Bless your hands]
2. "Thank you to the Arab Nations"
3. "We delegate you"
4. "Mesh Men Baladna" [Not from our country]
5. “You Obama, Your Father, Mother"
And then there was Snoop Dogg...
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