Mahraganat – the music the Egyptian authorities don’t want you to hear

Nothing is foreign23:52The music that Egypt doesn’t want you to hear

Over the past 20 years, a pulsating fusion of EDM, rap and Egyptian folk – known as the Mahraganat – has emerged from the streets of Cairo and become a global phenomenon.

But Egyptian authorities are now cracking down on the music and the artists who create it, saying it is immoral and corrupts young people.

We take you inside Egypt’s culture and class wars and explore what the ban on popular music says about the image and future of the African country.


  • Mahmoud Rafat, music producer and leader of 100Copies Music.
  • Fady Adel, Egyptian cultural journalist.

Nothing is Foreign is a new podcast from CBC News and CBC Podcasts. A weekly trip to where the story takes place. Hosted by Tamara Khandaker.