Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam became internationally known through the events of Tahrir Square in 2011, when his song Irhal became the anthem of the Egyptian uprising.
Essam has made music since age 17, and in 2009 he formed his first band named Mashakel. The group’s songs dealt with everyday problems under the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. After protests began in Cairo, Essam became a fixture of Tahrir Square as Irhal – a song calling for the president’s resignation – spread around the world through social media.
Like many other protesters, Essam was arrested and beaten. Despite these struggles, he has continued making a stand through his music through independent releases. In the end of 2011, he was the recipient of the Freemuse Award, and he has toured around Europe, North America, and beyond.
Essam is currently a resident of Malmö, due to the difficulties associated with working in his homeland. For the performance in Helsinki, Egyptian guitarist Rami Sidky and several top Finnish musicians will join Essam on stage.
The rap-artist Paleface will join Ramy Essam on stage during the concert.