RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)
Media Art, Science, and Technology
August 20-23, 2019
On November 14, 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser became the president of the Republic of Egypt and the iconic leader of the Arab world. He was the first Arab leader to successfully capture the hearts and minds of Arabs across the colonial divide in the Middle East and North Africa. Much of this success is generally due to his nationalist ideology and mainly due to his charismatic character and his passionate voice. He became the anti-colonial voice and ‘radio star’ president of all Arabs. His hours long speeches broadcasted live over the radio across the Arab world. Hundreds of millions of Arabs attentively tuned to his speeches at homes, in cafés, in cars listening to him individually and in groups. His radio addresses became a cultural activity ingrained in the memory of Arab adults and children till present time. This paper examines the history of the sound culture created by Nasserism and its omnipresence in the collective memory of Arab minds. This sound culture is comprised of Nasser’s unique radio performance - his voice and delivery style, and of the Nasserist political song genre in Egypt and the Arab World.