Leaders Wanted: Protest Songs From The Arab Spring

Tunisian rapper El Général's "The President of the Country" is an essential song of the Arab Spring. i i

Tunisian rapper El Général's "The President of the Country" is an essential song of the Arab Spring. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tunisian rapper El Général's "The President of the Country" is an essential song of the Arab Spring.

Tunisian rapper El Général's "The President of the Country" is an essential song of the Arab Spring.

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You say you want a revolution? You're going to need music to fuel the fervor. And that's exactly what emerged across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula this year.

On Wednesday, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel checked in with a Greek music critic about protest music there. On Thursday, Russian musician, producer and activist Vasily Shumov shared the soundtrack of dissent in Russia. Today, Hani Almadhoun, the blogger behind Hot Arabic Music, lists songs that were a huge part of the Arab Spring protests. You can listen to the conversation by clicking the audio link above, and hear the songs they discuss below.

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