Nabil Harfouche, or as I like to call him Moustachio, is apparently involved in a very serious corruption case that was raised last year by Rima Karaki. If we were to believe Rima’s report, and it’s honestly hard not to, Nabil and his partner Naji Sfeir were running a Christian charity and stealing money from people for over 10 years. The charity was closed down last year from what I heard but I can’t find the news anywhere.
The other theory is that Nabil is so handsome and his voice is so beautiful that he decided to give up everything and kick off his music career.
It’s performed by a group called Bizimkiler Layihesi, a group of musicians that were brought together by the ANS television channel (Azerbaijan TV). They also interpreted other great songs such as “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Roadhouse blues” by The Doors but this is their best interpretation by far!
This is a hilarious animation video but the message it is trying to pass is not funny at all. In fact, it reflects perfectly the sad truth we are living in: that climate change is happening and that we need to act before it’s too late.
We don’t need to wait for the government to change our ways but we need to keep pressuring the authorities on such matters and raising our voices or even protesting when needed. Till then, we can start with the simplest things by turning off the lights and Air Conditioning when we are not in the house, investing in renewable energy (solar panels etc.), reducing waste and car pooling among others.
Enjoy a funny interpretation of 42 of the most popular Arabic songs from 1900 till today. After watching the video, I realized I barely know any of the songs after 2010 and I’m glad I don’t because the songs suck.
Mashrou’ Leila will not perform in Amman as planned on Friday 29th of April as their authorization to play has been withdrawn by the local authorities. The official reason provided is that “the performance would have been at odds with what the Ministry of Tourism viewed as the “authenticity” of the site” and the band has been unofficially informed that “that they will never be allowed to play again anywhere in Jordan due to our political and religious beliefs and endorsement of gender equality and sexual freedom”.
Censoring music is an extremely worrying and silly act. I’m not a Mashrou’ Leila fan but I stand with them and with any band against censorship.
Google is celebrating Nizar Qabbani’s 93rd through a series of four different doodles. Nizar Qabbani, considered the titan of Arab literature, is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world. The doodles depict different periods in the poet’s life during which he wrote some of his most celebrated works, one of them being Beirut of course.
The illustrations are also inspired from Nizar Qabbani’s poems; such as the jasmine flowers from his garden in Damascus and the palm trees that lined Baghdad during his time there. Arab nationalism, love and feminism were among the most popular topics he wrote about, noting that he worked as a diplomat.
Qabbani had a special passion for Beirut and established his own publishing house here. He left it in 1981 after his wife, an Iraqi woman named Balqis al-Rawi, was killed in an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Beirut.
For those of you who haven’t read any of Qabbani’s poems, you probably heard them in songs as many were incorporated into lyrics by some of the most renowned Arab singers such Fairouz, Abdel-Halim Hafez, Majida el Roumi, Um Kalthoum, Kazem el Saher and others …
One of his most popular Beirut poems is “يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت” that became a post-war hit song by Majida al-Roumi.
The first edition of MBC the Voice Kids, the young Arab talent competition, ended yesterday with Lebanese Lynn el Hayek, who’s originally from Tripoli el Mina, winning the best voice title. Lynn, who is on Kazem el Saher’s team, was the only Lebanese who qualified to the finals along with Syrians Zain Obeid and Amir Ammouri.
I haven’t been really following the show but I’ve seen it a couple of times and watched a lot of videos being shared and most of these kids are incredibly talented. In fact, I was amazed by how relaxed and self-composed most of these kids were on stage, especially in the finale which was broadcasted live. I always wondered if these kids were under a lot of pressure or were actually enjoying the show, and I was never comfortable with the fact that they are getting rejected by their idols in front of a large audience and on public TV but I was told that there are coaches and specialized people that help kids cope with pressure and make sure they are happy and enjoying their time no matter what.
All in all, I’m sure it must have been really hard for the judges and everyone behind this show but I think they’ve done a good job and I’m definitely happy that a Lebanese girl won the title!
Here are couple of performances by Lynn, a video showing the moment she won and another showing the celebrations in Tripoli.