Earlier this year, the street sounds of Egypt began to impact upon British shores.
Electro chaabi is hugely popular with the young people of Egypt, growing out of the 'chaabi' - 'for the people' - scene of the late 70s. Colliding with freely available (albeit pirated) software, a new generation began fusing this Egyptian sound with Western electronic influences.
Mahragahnat - 'festival' - is a strain of the electro chaabi scene, with some comparing it to London's grime and dubstep communities. A recent project funded by the British council and Rinse FM matched a number of young British producer against their Egyptian counterparts, with some fascinating results.
Mumdance was involved - alongside Pinch, Kode 9, Faze Miyake and Artwork - working alongside local Mahraganat & Electro Chaabi musicians such as Sadat, Kanaka, Dezel, Alaa Fifty, Figo and Islam Chipsy.
Piecing together a special mixtape for Dummy, the results are some of the finest, most exhilarating things the Clash team has listened to all week.
Here's Mumdance: "This mixtape was a pleasure to put together, and every single track is brand new and exclusive. It draws a number of tracks that we made over the week together, and shows a lot of the parallels between the UK and Egypt. I tried my hand at making some Mahraganat tracks, and the Egyptian MC jumped on some of my grime instrumentals and over a more dubstep-orientated one from Pinch. Also, one of the producers, Dezel did a Mahraganat mix of Wiley’s Eskimo which is in there too. For me though, the highlights are the purely Egyptian tracks - they show us how its done properly."
Check out the full interview with Mumdance over on Dummy.