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Month: May 2012

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

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