About Mohamed Mounir
full name: Mohamed Mounir assumed name: Mohamed Mounir horoscope: Leo place: Aswan, Egypt nationality: Egyptian work: Singer, Composer website: www.mohamedmounir.net Mohamed Mounir was born in Aswan. His pop-oriented music unmistakeably has its roots in the various genres of Arabic and African music. And his lyrics are without exception social and political, with which Mounir sees himself as a mouthpiece for the cultural and religious togetherness of the Orient and Occident. His music is also great to dance to: his songs are played with pleasure at weddings or other celebrations, and so Mounir is the darling of the Egyptian, secular-orientated youth. Mounir, has also gathered experiences in film: the film Destiny from Youssef Chahine, a prominent outsider in Egyptian cinema and at the same time its most internationally reknowned representative, is a reckoning with the growing fundamentalism of his country. Mounir plays the singer Marwan from the 12th century, who escapes an attempted assassination by stirred up fanatics the first time, but succumbs the second time - a reference the Algerian Rai singer, but also Egyptian literary figures like Nagib Mahlus or Farag Foda. After the attacks of 11th September, he brought out the album Earth ... Peace. The video to the title song Give Me Strength, O Messenger of God could not be shown on Egyptian television for a long time. Earlier this year (2003) Mohamed Mounir gave a concert in Berlin. "They are sad days for the whole of mankind," he says regarding the Iraq war. "But we are the majority. We are those who love peace, justice and music." Mohamed Mounir is more than the most enigmatic figure of Egyptian pop heaven. He often performs controversial opinions on politics and philosophy with his thought through and therefore inevitably provocative lyrics. The former art student began his career in the Cairo of the 70s and advanced quickly to an outcast artist, but not without rubbing everyone up the wrong way. He became a synonym for a liberal way of thinking and the longing for reform with his music and its contents. And also here [in Germany] Mohamed Mounir has long been a term for a liberal-thinking Muslim and left intellectual, and at the same time a perfect example for the dialogue between cultures.
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