A city's winding past often finds itself echoed back in its musical DNA, tracing itself through critical points of history, shaping its current form. Portsaid, a Mediterranean coastal city in Egypt, found its establishment on April 25th, 1859 during the construction of the British-French-owned mega waterway project The Suez Canal. Thriving and flourishing for many years, Portsaid became a buzzing metropolitan port-city throughout the 20th century until the '50s and '60s where it witnessed its fair share of war and its resulting atrocities. In between Britain, France and Israel's tripartite aggression, a city wide evacuation and a long awaited triumph, Portsaid and its natives experienced the city's fabric drastically shift throughout the years, a fabric that was historically documented in songs of war, victory and resilience - Watch our video feature with ElToratheyah cultural center founder and semsemeya aficionado Mohamed Ghali as he takes on his mission to equally restore, revive and sustain Portsaid's unique musical landscape.
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