50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Adel Al Mshiti, Libya

Adel Al Mshiti, Libya

As Libyans rebelled against Muammar Gadhafi's decades-long rule last year, Adel Al Mshiti's song, “Sofa Nabqa Huna” (We Will Stay Here), became their soundtrack. The song repeatedly implores staying put, which served as a much-needed morale-booster as Libyans fought for their revolution. It's a strong message from Al Mshiti, who was imprisoned for six years under Gadhafi. A doctor by profession, Al Mshiti told USA Today: "My music is my weapon."

Credit: by Portia Walker for USA Today

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