How Egypt’s mahraganat music marvels in Disney’s Moon Knight

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There it was: A remix of Warda’s Batwanes Beek playing over the Marvel Studios intro. In film and television, deploying the right song or melody often can help elicit a particular emotion for the audience, or set the scene for what’s to come. So to hear Arabic music so thoughtfully used in mainstream Western television production is a rarity. “For fans of Arabic music and those of us who actively listen to it, our ears perk up with excitement each time we recognise a song or an artist in television and film. It does not happen often” Too often in Western film production, the tropes of Arabic m…

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