Danny Hajjar is a media relations professional based in Washington, DC. An avid music lover, he is passionate about hip hop artists in the Middle East and North Africa and the growth of their music beyond the region. He curates music and stories in his weekly newsletter “Sa’alouni El Nas”.
The soundtrack to Disney+'s Moon Knight has been an Arab musical marvel, but director Mohamed Diab's deliberate inclusion of mahraganat, the very Egyptian genre that the country's Musicians’ Syndicate seeks to suppress, is a significant statement.
Faced with a potential disconnect due to their multiple identities within the diaspora, Arab musicians have employed novel methods to keep their identities at the centre of their music. In doing so, they assert themselves in a new, creative way.