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Egypt’s new Harlem Shake? Election song goes viral in Arab world

The tune, sung by Emirati singer Hussain al-Jasmi gathered more than 15 million views since its release on YouTube two weeks ago

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A popular song about Egypt’s presidential elections, “Bushret Kheir,” or “a good omen,” is taking the Arab world by storm.

The tune, sung by Emirati singer Hussain al-Jasmi, has gone viral on social media gathering more than 15 million views since its release on YouTube two weeks ago.

In the original video, people can be seen going about their daily business in the first slow part of the song, then exploding into dance when the rhythm quickens, begging the question: is this Egypt’s new Harlem shake?

The tune, which has been compared to the American Pharrell Williams’ hit single, “Happy,” has also sparked a viral trend in Lebanon as well as in other Arab countries.

Earlier this week, a presenter on AlAan TV used his microphone to dance to the catchy song while seated at the news desk.

Also, the cast of “Jabal al Halal,” a new television series in which Jasmi plays, broke out in dance to the addictive song in celebration of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presidential victory in Egypt.

The song was first aimed at encouraging Egyptians to vote in the presidential elections.