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feelings of everyday people - on personal as well as political matters,” breaking the facade of the largely politically correct songs of the golden age, and choosing instead to speak to people’s immediate realities.¹ A prominent example would be Egyptian singer Ahmed Adaweya, of the 70s and 80s, well-known for the politically charged content of his songs and specialism in the Mawwal style. Sha’abi continued even into the early 2000s, but was largely overshadowed by the mainstream pop sound in the region. Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim was considered one of the more notable figures, with anti-war hits like “Bin Bin Bin Bin Laden” and “The Attack on Iraq.” Songs of the golden age were anywhere bet