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Music and Media in the Arab World$
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Michael Frishkopf

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162930

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.001.0001

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The Controversy over Satellite Music Television in Contemporary Egypt

The Controversy over Satellite Music Television in Contemporary Egypt

(p.173) 9 The Controversy over Satellite Music Television in Contemporary Egypt
Music and Media in the Arab World

Michael Frishkopf

American University in Cairo Press

Headlines regarding the maliciousness of music video clips became a familiar sight in the Egyptian and Arab press. The source of all the commotion over music television in Egypt is the launching of the Egyptian and Arabic private satellite channels which are devoted to the broadcast of foreign and Arabic language music videos. This chapter contextualizes the gender, class, and moral anxieties articulated by Egyptian critics of the flourishing genre of Arab music videos and satellite music television channels, and demonstrates that the present-day uproar over the Arab music video has a clear genealogy in the history of Egyptian mass-mediated culture.

Keywords:   music videos, Egypt, music television, satellite channels, Arab music videos, video clips

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