Ramy Essam, AR-Resident at Safe Haven Helsinki

Ramy Essam is known as the “singer of Tahrir Square”. His song “Erhal” (“Leave”) of 2011 became the anthem of the Egyptian Revolution, and until today he continues his songs of protest.

Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident of
AR-Safe Haven Helsinki Residency, Autumn 2014 & Winter 2016
and related projects co-produced or curated by Perpetuum Mobile

Ramy Essam, AR-Resident back at Safe Haven Helsinki
RAMY – In the Frontline
Ramy & CO at Cafe Mascot
World Village Festival

#FreeGalal Campaign:
#FreeGalal Press: Ramy Essam’s Interview for YLE (Swedish)
#FreeGalal; International Music Council released a statement to not penalise Ramy Essam and Galal El-Behairy
#Free Galal; (Interview in Finnish) Johanna Sillanpää of Finnish PEN, talking about musician Ramy Esssam and poet Galal-El-Behairy from Egypt.
Sign the INTERNATIONAL APPEAL against Torture, Beatings and Prison for Galal El-Behairy re Ramy Essam’s “Balaha”. #FreeGalal!

Ramy plays Lasipalatsi Square

Ramy Essam, Opening Concert of To the Square 2, a part of PM’s Re-Aligned Project

Ramy Essam started to write songs at the age of 17, inspired by young poets like Amgad Qahwagi and Mohamed Bahgat, as well as the poet Ahmed Fouad Negm who spoke up against Mubarak’s regime. He established the band “Mashakel” (“Problems”) in 2009 and started to sing for a free life, illustrating through his lyrics the simple daily problems lived through by all Egyptians under Mubarak’s regime. Hailing from Mansoura, Ramy came straight to Tahrir Square in Cairo on 30 January  to participate in the 25 January Revolution. Camping on Tahrir Square, he was recognised as a regular Cairene ever since.

Ramy and Paleface

Ramy Essam and Paleface, Lasipalatsi Square, Helsinki 2014

Ramy Essam played to audiences of up to 400,000 people during the revolution. He was tortured by the Mubarak and later the Morsi regime for his revolutionary activism. Threatened by likely torture if he was forced into armed service under the Morsi regime, he left Egypt in 2014.

Ramy Essam was hosted at AR-Safe Haven Helsinki and performed together a few nights later at the TO THE SQUARE 2 festival. Ramy Essam released new albums in 2015 and 2016, and has been touring Europe and the United States  His next album is co-produced by Artists at Risk (AR).


Time Out London ranked Ramy Essam’s Irhal third on the list of the “100 songs that affected humanity”.

Ramy Essam on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamyEssamOfficial/


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