Tweet Me Right
"Tweet Me Right" (The Cairo Tango)
Words & music by Raffi
Recorded on Salt Spring Island by Ken Burke,
Produced by Raffi, © 2011 Troubadour Music.
All Rights Reserved.
Raffi ~ guitar, piano, accordion, Grecian urn.
Laurel Murphy ~ supporting vocals
George Sawa ~ qanuun
Adel Awad ~ dumbeg
Raffi releases “Tweet Me Right”
A Song About Social Media,
Inspired By The Uprising In His Birth Country Of Egypt
March 12, 2011
Watching the uprising in Cairo, people from around the world saw how new, democratic communications tools did what seemed impossible. The amazing impact of Twitter and Facebook amongst other social media took many of us by surprise.
“For decades the people of Egypt have lived under tyranny, fearful of speaking out. As I watched it all unravel, I was amazed at what was happening,” says Raffi, who was born in Cairo and lived there until he was 10 years old. “It was very emotional for me to see my place of birth erupt in a demand for freedom. Egypt’s children, like all people, deserve to live in dignity.”
This peaceful revolution inspired Raffi to write a new song.
“Tweet Me Right” (The Cairo Tango,) is partly a playful satire with its social media colloquialisms, but it also contains a strong celebratory message of importance: all of our voices can now be heard, and can become part of rapid and powerful change.
Posted on You Tube the song plays over a background image of a statue that sits on Raffi’s mantelpiece at his home on Salt Spring Island BC. “The statue is one I inherited from my father’s collection, it has a powerful presence,” says Raffi. “I just had to write the song. This is a pivotal moment for democracy worldwide and marks a profound shift in the way people can connect. I wanted to commemorate the moment.”
Omg, tmr—“Tweet Me Right.” Worth tweeting!
In recent years Raffi has focused his time and resources on ecology and social justice issues, and has founded the Centre for Child Honouring. His music now revolves around these themes.