Egypt: Underground Revolution

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The hip-hop and underground Egyptian movement began well before the revolution of 2011 to denounce the injustice of the Mubarak regime. This photo blog explores different aspects of youth culture in Egypt today.

Tahrir Square was the conclusion of a long social journey in which even the band of local rappers have reaped the rewards of their protests and their songs have become anthems of the revolution. The ‘underground’ Arab hip-hop seems to have found the initial message of protest without imitating the American movement, keeping proud roots in the Egyptian culture, mixing sounds and traditions. The fame achieved by some of these bands have also allowed others to come out and many disciplines to finally have a recognition , from street art to skate-boarding , from parkour to freestyle football.This underground movement becomes a set of expressions of personal freedom , in which the real revolution is not just politics , but especially the social and above all the cultural , a generation that for the first time breakes the rules of tradition, and heads towards a real change . With the military back in power after the SCAF  and after Morsi, we have these young boys and girls, that feel they have been robbed of “their revolution“, to remind the power structures thattheyare the ones to inculcate in the generations to come the seeds of the next revolution.

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Gianmarco Maraviglia, photo journalist based in Milan, has always been interested in social stories, relations between cultures and issues of migration. In 2012 he founded the agency Echo, which quickly established itself as one of the most respected international photo journalistic agencies. Echo is dedicated to the deepening of major issues of human being and long-term projects. Personally Gianmarco Maraviglia has worked on a project about his daughter Olivia, a little girl with grandparents coming from four different countries. Gianmarco has visited several times over the past three years, the places of origin of his family, Italy, Germany, Romania and Egypt, to document the life of a child that embodies different cultures, traditions, religions, languages. He is currently documenting, for his project Global Religion, all religions, cults and ceremonies that take place in Italy, but born abroad to demonstrate the importance of their origins and traditions in immigrant communities in the country. His works published on Die Has Been Ziet, D La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera Seven, Panorama, Aftenposten, Vanity Fair, Joy, Svenska Dagbladet, Brigitte, Marie Claire and many others. And now, on RAPOLITICS too.