Cairokee (كايروكي) is an Egyptian rock band that was officially launched in 2003 but came to prominence with its revolutionary music following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 due to its politically-inspired lyrics and protest songs released following the uprising. Their title song "Ya El Midan", featuring Egyptian singer Aida el Ayoubi who had previously retired in the 1990s, ranked number one on Facebook worldwide for downloads and number eight on YouTube with more than half a million views on the video channel in just two days following its internet release. The band consists of Amir Eid (lead vocalist), Sherif Hawary (lead guitarist), Tamer Hashem (drummer), Sherif Mostafa (keyboardist), and Adam el-Alfy (bass guitarist). The initial band members were friends ever since their school days, and Eid and Hawary had already started an English band initially called Black Star. They started playing covers of English songs, with only one Egyptian Masry song called "Ghariba" and later decided to continue making Egyptian songs. Cairokee released their first album "Matloob Zaeem" (Leader Wanted) in June 2011. Their second album Wana Maa Nafsy Aad followed in 2012. During the June 2013 Egyptian protests, they performed on a stage in front of hundreds of thousands who were protesting against President Mohamed Morsi at the country's main presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis suburb. In early 2014, Cairokee released their third album El Sekka Shemal. The album featured collaborations with different artists, including Algerian singer Souad Massi, Abdel Baset Hammouda and Zap Tharwat. That same year they signed a deal with Sony Music Middle East. The partnership led to the band obtaining its own Vevo channel on YouTube, the first deal of its kind for any artist in the region. El Sekka Shemal became their most successful album to date, with its first copy entirely sold out in the first three days only, topping the charts on the iTunes Store and in the music market of Egypt and the Middle East. It became the album with the highest number of downloads and purchases on iTunes by the end of the first week. They have since then release three more albums, Nas w Nas in 2015, Noaata Beiga in 2017 and The Ugly Ducklings in 2019.