Sayed Darwish Famed Egyptian Musician Gets Google Doodle

While Google employees have had a hand in the overthrow of the despotic Egyptian government last month, Google chose an interesting Doodle - the birthday of the composer of the National Anthem - as the country holds a referendum this Saturday to determine what issues will be voted on later this year.

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"Sayed Darwish (Arabic: سيد درويش; March 17, 1892 - September 15, 1923) was an Egyptian singer and composer who was considered the father of Egyptian popular music. He was born in Alexandria on March 17, 1892. He put music to the Egyptian national anthem, Bilady, Bilady, Bilady, the words of which were adapted from a famous speech by Mustafa Kamil," Wikipedia noted.

"Barely five weeks since Egyptians ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians will be casting ballots to revise the constitution and set the stage for parliamentary and presidential elections later this year," the Washington Post reported.

Sayed Darwish's composition was sung from Tahrir Square during the protest. "Egypt, land of bounties/ You are filled with the ancient glory/ My purpose is to repel the enemy/ And on God I rely" could be heard through the protest.

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