Tahya Masr! Bass music backs the Egyptian revolution

R1 Ryders. Photo: Myspace

East London DJs are hosting a club night dedicated to the Egyptian revolution this weekend.

Tahya Masr! takes place on Friday night at the Apiary in Hackney. It features a host of the city’s most forward thinking DJs, with all proceeds going toward Egyptian Association UK, a charity supporting families of those killed or injured in the unrest in January.

The line-up reads like a who’s who of cutting edge, underground dance music right now. Confirmed is Eglo Records boss Alex Nut, UK funky don Hardhouse Banton, the legendary Lady Chann and dubstep connoisseurs Silkie and Quest, amongst a host of others, who are waiving their booking fees in support of the cause.

Web developer and bass music blogger Ralph Cowling, who is putting the night on alongside DJ Karnak (one half of R1 Ryders), said: “We both have family in Egypt and we’re both in favour of the cause. Nobody we knew wanted Mubarak to stay. We wanted to do something to show our support and solidarity for those caught up in the violence involved during their protests.”

The night runs at the Apiary, 458 Hackney road, from 10pm – 5am on Friday night. Entrance is £5 and all proceeds go to the Egyptian Association UK.

Ralph said: “Some of those who went to protest against the tyranny of Mubarak’s regime paid with their lives. Others were interrogated, imprisoned or brutally attacked. We wanted to show our support for all of the people protesting. The money raised from this event will be passed onto the relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the violence.”

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

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