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Egypt's low-tech, high-energy mahraganat music blasted out of the shantytowns to top the global charts on Soundcloud and rack up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. But one slip-up at a massive concert in Cairo threw the entire genre's future into question.

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We get the story behind some of mahraganat's biggest hits, and its biggest controversy, from Mina Girgis, an Egyptian ethnomusicologist based in California.

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Listen to Bent el Geran / ‘The Neighbors’ Daughter'

Listen to the "Mahraganat" playlist on Spotify

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