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Maryam Saleh

- Beirut&Beyond!

This young, Egyptian multitalent has a lot to be proud of. Daughter of the famous playwright Saleh Saad, she was raised with a love for music and acting as well as a critical attitude. From the tender age of seven, she has been performing actively, and almost as early she started writing her own music – inspired by such different sources as Egyptian protest songs and European psychedelia. Now, at 27, she has gained fame in her home country for her passionate cover versions of legendary protest singer Sheikh Imam (1918-1995). His songs, wildly popular in the 1970s and 80s amongst the opposition, have gained new actuality in contemporary Egypt due to Maryam’s versions. She is, however, still more known for her original material. Maryam has not abandoned her acting ambitions, and has taken roles in theatre and on film. Stenciled pictures of her face has been painted up on walls all over Cairo, as a visual proof of the vehement protest against the people in power.

ID: 20 years!

Tekst: Kristian Krohg-Sørensen

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