Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
The five-member Egyptian rock band Cairokee says they were singing songs of revolt much before the series of their incredibly popular revolutionary-themed songs propelled them into the spotlight last year. (The song “Sout El Horeya” set in Tahrir Square has more than two million views on YouTube.) They're among a contingent of local bands who sing in Arabic, with rock and Egyptian musical rhythms running through their numbers. Their album, “Wa Ana Ma'a Nafsi Qa'ed” (While I'm Sitting By Myself), came out this summer.