A History of Music and Singing on Egyptian Radio and Television

Michael Frishkopf

in Music and Media in the Arab World

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162930
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970139 | DOI:
A History of Music and Singing on Egyptian Radio and Television

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Radio and television have played an essential role in disseminating music and singing to the public. Local radio existed in Egypt since a royal decree was issued on May 10, 1926, which allowed the establishment of local radio stations in Cairo and Alexandria. In the late 1920s, Egyptians and foreigners established numerous private radio stations in Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said, following the widespread popularity of radio in Europe and America. On May 31, 1934 Egyptian radio began its broadcasts; music and songs occupied a large part of its airtime. In the following decades, the station broadcasted many songs which are presented by the greatest composers and singers. In 1960, Egyptian Television was established, bringing momentous events in the lives of all Egyptians. And in the 1990s, satellite television channels transmission was introduced, allowing audiences to become acquainted with different cultures and societies.

Keywords: radio; television; satellite television; music; songs; composers; Egypt

Chapter.  3935 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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