On The Move / Safe Haven Resident: Ramy Essam


Ramy Essam (born 1987 in Mansoura, Egypt, and currently based in Malmö, Sweden) is a musician known as the “singer of Tahrir Square” during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The song “Erhal” (Leave), in which Mubarak was urged to resign, became known as the “anthem of the revolution”. Essam played audiences of up to 4000,000 people during the revolution. He was tortured by the Mubarak and later the Morsi regime for his revolutionary activism. Threatened by the Morsi regime, he left Egypt in 2014 to join Perpetuum Mobile’s To The Square 2 project at Checkpoint Helsinki. Now he is a Safe Haven resident artist in Malmö. He released his first album in 2015, and is currently touring Europe and the United States.

Ramy Essam played the opening concert at TO THE SQUARE 2 on August 31, 2014

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