Helwa ya balady

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Helwa ya balady (Egyptian Arabic: حلوة يا بلدي; English: Sweet, O country of mine) is a 1979 Egyptian song by Egyptian-born singer Dalida.

Background and significance[edit]

The song is an homage to Egypt, Dalida's birthplace, and is typical of the nationalistic pride felt by many Egyptians for their country since the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. This is reflected in two popular uploads on YouTube,[1][2] which feature photo slideshows of various aspects of Egyptian culture and history, including Ancient Egypt, mosques, Coptic churches, colonial-era Cairo, modern Cairo, the Red Sea Riviera and the Mediterranean coast, set to the music of Helwa ya balady.

The song is composed in the key of C minor, although the chorus is in F minor.