Ramy Essam is an Egyptian musician. He is best known for his appearances in Tahrir Square in Cairo during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. His song erhal (Leave), in which Mubarak is urged to resign, gained great popularity among the demonstrators. It became internationally known through YouTube, and is referred to as the anthem of the revolution. In 2011, it was selected by Time Out as the third-most world-changing song of all time. He currently sings hard rock songs, one of the few singers in Egypt to sing rock.
Ramy’s residency in 2016 is realised in context of AR-Safe Haven Helsinki programme co-organised by Perpetuum Mobile and HIAP and funded by the City of Helsinki., the Finnish Musician’s Union (Muusikkojen liitto) and the Finnish Music Council (Suomen Musiikkineuvosto). Curated by Perpetuum Mobile.