Ramy Essam is known as “the voice of the 2011 Egyptian revolution,” due to his songwriting and performances in Tahrir Square while calling for the resignation of then-ruler Hosni Mubarak. During his time of protest, Essam was beaten, arrested and tortured as a result of his outspokenness, with the intention of silencing him. His songs were banned, and he was forbidden to perform in a public setting.
Ramy was offered a “safe haven” in Sweden in 2014, and began releasing new music with a rock influence. He remains a voice for the youth of Egypt, and a symbol of progression and social activism.