AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: May 2012 (Page 1 of 4)

What would you today if you were going to die tomorrow?

A brilliant short production by Ahmad Samara, asking the people of Amman what they would do if tomorrow was the last day of their life.

The video made me feel all joyful, although the question posed is morbid. There’s something about these faces, about our life, and about these streets that we call home that makes me glad that at least, I am alive. We’re all going to be fertilizers some day, either way.

Enjoy.

“Madeline” by Ruba Shamshoum and Toot Ard

In case you want a dose of happiness after El-Fer3i’s “Asafir Al Houla”, here’s a fun song called “Madeline” by Ruba Shamshoum and Toot Ard.

Related: Other Music from the Arab World
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Alaa Wardi: Gash3arteeni Lama 7akeiti…
JadaL – Bye Bye 3azizi جدل – باي باي عزيزي
Alaa Wardi’s Latest: Wenti Mastaneti
Akher Zapheer: The end of it is a melancholy tune – اخرتو لحن حزين
Risalet Salam – JEEL (Music Video) رسالة سلام – جيل
Bath Bayakha: Ahlan Ramadan
Good Jordanian Musician: Alaa Wardi
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard
El-Fer3i: Asafir Al Houla

The Rise of the Arab Artistic Conscience: El Far3i’s “Asafir Al Houlah”

I don’t know how I missed this song when it came out on Sunday right after the Houlah Massacre.

Yet, it says one thing: we’re witnessing the rise of the Arab artistic conscience. The piece is haunting in its honesty; the names of the dead kids, the laughter in the back, the melancholic sound (Little Anne, according to El-Far3i) against a mysterious melody.

I do wish that the video steered away from the “old school” style of showing pictures of dead babies that our mainstream media has managed to desensitize us against.

“Today I can smell the blood coming from the North.”

“This is just a letter of condolence to a mother who lost all her daughters today.”

“Like I said, the tune isn’t mine but I just wanted to participate and send my condolences, and I promise that I will write a tune for Syria.”

Other music that portrays the rise of the Arab Artistic Conscience
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard

Related: Other Music from the Arab World
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Alaa Wardi: Gash3arteeni Lama 7akeiti…
JadaL – Bye Bye 3azizi جدل – باي باي عزيزي
Alaa Wardi’s Latest: Wenti Mastaneti
Akher Zapheer: The end of it is a melancholy tune – اخرتو لحن حزين
Risalet Salam – JEEL (Music Video) رسالة سلام – جيل
Bath Bayakha: Ahlan Ramadan
Good Jordanian Musician: Alaa Wardi
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard

The Circus Should be a Place for Joy: Cirque du Soleil, Don’t Perform in Israel

Dear Cirque du Soleil,

Art is beautiful, I’m sure you agree. Art is an agent of change. Art is a tool of empowerment. Art gives a voice to those who have none.

As an art form the circus in particular is a place of joy.

By performing in Israel in August, you are supporting a country that has for decades denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.

There is no joy in that. There is only the art of injustice, murder, and racism.

Please do not be a part of this impunity. Please uphold the values you advertise as Cirque du Soleil. Please do not entertain the occupier.

I have another idea. Why don’t you get in touch with the Palestinian Circus School instead? They are a group of passionate young people who fight against the daily soul-sucking struggle of occupation using your medium; the circus. They teach children and teenagers in the occupied lands to vent using their bodies in the circus.

It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

You can get in touch with Shadi from the Palestinian Circus School by phone — 00972-(0)59 9926107 — or by email — info@palcircus.ps, and help young Palestinians who are eager to take up your art form, and who look up to you.

Don’t be a part of the injustice.

Send an email to the Cirque (contact@cirquedusoleil.com) urging them to instead support initiatives like the Palestinian Circus School.

In life in general

“Fail fast,” she said.

Leos are arrogant and disgusting

Bogi (a Virgo): “Oh my god Roba, you can’t handle criticism AT ALL”.

Karma (a Leo): “She’s a Leo. What do you expect? You know what they say: ‘Leos are vain and dislike honest criticism.'”

Roba: “I have no issues with criticism, I never take anything personally.”

Karma (a Leo): “Of course, it’s because as a Leo, you think you’re always right. You know what else they say? ‘A Leo’s arrogance is disgusting‘.”

Roba: “I don’t have the slightest hint of belief in bullshit like horoscopes”.

Bogi (a Virgo): “If I were you, I’d take being called a Leo over being called an asshole”.

Roba: “Hahahahahahaha, that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all week. HAHAHAHA.”

What do you call the king of spam?

What do you call the king of spam?

king of spam whatsapp

 

And what does the king of spam force you to do?
Without BAsem 

Previous WhatsApp and Family Stories:
Thus Says the King of Chocolate 
Geotagging the Real World

But I love Google Docs :(

Diaries of an Image Collector, 6

Images I collected this week, for your weekend pleasure.

Previous diary entries:
Collection 5
Collection 4
Collection 3
Collection 2
Collection 1


Cool shoes are cool.


Stripes are cool too.


Indeed.


Al Weibdeh. L’Weibdeh. Weibdeh.


Euf.


Bowie.


Gaga Pony.


Ruby slippers.


Studies in white.


Dali and Warhol.


Coral.


Indeed.


Let’s go home.


Dalton Trumbo.


Winona Forever.


Tattoo.

حياتي كلها في الليل

عبدالله ثابت

Via Arabzy

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