Can music lead a revolution?

This is what happened in Egypt in 2011, when rappers were the first to take to Tharir Square to support the protests with their music.

Among them were Arabian Knightz, whose “Rebel” became one of the symbols of Egypt’s rebellion against the Mubarak regime.

Discussions will be held with photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia, who portrayed the Egyptian underground and hip hop movement, Emanuela Mirabelli, curator of the exhibition, journalist and documentary filmmaker Christian Elia and Arabian Knightz, for the first time in Italy.

Following – Showcase ARABIAN KNIGHTZ

ARABIAN KNIGHTZ, backed by the legendary Fredwreck – producer of Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Shakira – have played with Paul McCartney, Sean Paul, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz) and Africa Express. They have carried Arab hip hop to the international stage while keeping their roots firmly in Egyptian culture.

ARABIAN KNIGHTZ, Egypt’s most famous and controversial hip hop group, author of “Rebel”, Tahrir Square’s anthem, arrive for the first time in Italy in an unmissable concert together with JUNIOR SPREA, thanks to the collaboration between ZONA K and LEONCAVALLO.

Preview of the first unmissable Italian concert by Egypt’s most famous and controversial hip hop group, c/o LEONCAVALLO SPA- Spazio Pubblico Autogestito, on 7 May at 11pm.

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Gianmarco Maraviglia
Echo Photo Journalism

A visual account of the underground and hip hop movement that began to denounce the injustice of the Mubarak regime long before the 2011 revolution.
The events in Tahrir Square were the conclusion of a long social process in which local rappers also played an important role. The Arab underground culture that started the protest found its way without imitating the American movement, keeping its roots firmly in Egyptian culture, mixing sounds and traditions. The underground movement became an expression of personal freedom, in which the real revolution was not only political, but above all social and cultural: a generation that for the first time broke the rules of tradition towards real change.

Dedicated to these young people who, with the return of the military to power, have been robbed of their revolution; a reminder that they alone can sow the seeds of the next revolutions.


Gianmarco Maraviglia, born in Milan in 1974, showed an interest in photojournalism from an early age. Graduated in photography at the European Institute of Design (IED), he works mainly on wide-ranging projects, on committed, multicultural and social issues. His work has been published by Die Ziet, Washington Post, D La Repubblica, Sette Corriere della Sera, Panorama, Io Donna, Aftenposten, Vanity Fair, Gioia, Svenska Dagbladet, Brigitte, Marie Claire, Woz, Emaho. He is the founder and coordinator of the Echo Photo Journalism project, which brings together a group of committed young photographers.

The exhibition is curated by Emanuela Mirabelli, Marie Claire’s Photoeditor.

Egypt Underground Revolution
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Un racconto per immagini del movimento underground e hip hop che ha cominciato a denunciare l’ingiustizia del regime di Mubarak molto prima della rivoluzione del 2011.
Gli eventi di Tahrir Square sono stati la conclusione di un lungo processo sociale in cui anche la band di rapper locali ha giocato un ruolo importante.

La cultura araba underground che ha dato inizio alla protesta ha trovato la sua strada senza imitare il movimento americano, mantenendo radici ben salde nella cultura egiziana, mischiando suoni e tradizioni.
Il movimento underground diventa espressione di libertà personale, nella quale  la vera rivoluzione non è solo politica, ma soprattutto sociale e culturale: una generazione che per la prima volta rompe le regole della tradizione verso un vero cambiamento.

Dedicato a questi ragazzi che, con il ritorno dei militari al potere, sono stati derubati della loro rivoluzione; per ricordare solo loro possono gettare i semi delle prossime rivoluzioni.