Ramy Essam wins Freemuse 2011 award
31st October 2011
Freemuse is the World’s leading organisation advocating freedom of expression for musicians and this year their annual award will be presented to Ramy Essam in Stockholm on 21 November.
The Freemuse Award Committee stated: “Ramy Essam played an important role during the Egyptian revolution and suffered severe beatings and torture as a consequence. He personifies the powerful role that music played in the Arab Spring.”
Receiving the news in Cairo, Ramy said: “I was extremely happy when I got the news. I really respect this prize because it calls for freedom of expression in music, protecting musicians and advocating free art that is not subjected to any restrictions. At the same time I was proud because I would be able to achieve something for Egypt.”
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