50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Ahmed Asery, Yemen

Ahmed Asery, Yemen

The dreadlocked Ahmed Asery heads the reggae and blues band, 3 Meters Away, in Yemen. Their songs became protest anthems as students revolted against the regime last year. With song titles like “Inhale Freedom” and “I'm Staying 'til the Regime Leaves,” Asery and his bandmates write socially-conscious lyrics and are among the first to sing reggae in Yemen.

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