Joe Show: Egypt screams from the rooftops for Prince Charles
Al-Araby TV, the home of the Joe Show, is part of the same family that includes al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper and The New Arab. Stay tuned each week for a translated round-up of the funniest jibes on Joe Show and English-language subtitled clips from the show's most biting digs. This week's round up is chosen from episode 27.
Egypt cracks down on YouTube musicians
Since 2020, Egypt's government has launched a war on 'explicit' music spearheaded by Field Mar...err...Singer Hany Shaker. Hany Shaker is the head of Egypt's official Musicians' Syndicate, and he just absolutely hates any music made after the 1980s. No, not really, but so it seems. He has led a campaign to ban 'mahraganat' (festival) music, a genre of streetwise, hip-hop like music popular among working class Egyptians and mainly found on YouTube. It's a bit hysterical, and the main explanation may be Hany Shaker's own personal prejudices (racist, classist) or fear of competition on a medium his cartel cannot control. Or perhaps there is something more sinister given the fact that Egypt is ruled by a police state. Joe Show skewers (Subtitled clip below). Read more about the controversy here.
After the coup, Sudan's civilian prime minister gets a new upgraded personality
After Sudan's military released PM Hamdok from house arrest, he appears odd. As if his hard drive was formatted, says Joe Show. Is this a Manchurian candidate scenario?