These are old clips but I just found out about this Emirati artist called Abdullah Bilkhair and he’s hilarious! The Michael Jackson song cracked me up the most!
He also had a take on Lebanese music.
Here’s a pretty cool story published by Antoine Kanaan on metal-bell.com and that took place almost a month ago during the early #YouStink protests. An Austrian artist called Roterfeld was a victim of tear gas while shopping at the Beirut Souks and ended up buying all the milk he could get his hands on to help the protesters combat the effects of tear gas, but it doesn’t stop here!
As soon as he got back home, he released a special edition of one of his songs “Blood Diamond Romance” and dedicated it to the Lebanese people. Pretty cool 🙂
Here’s a [link] to the original story.
This is hilarious!
Photo by Jamal Saidi/Reuters
I’m not a big fan of Arab rap music but this track by Bou Nasser El Taffar and Al Raass (بو ناصر الطفّار و الرّاس) is quite something! I’m gonna try write down the lyrics because they are quite daring. If someone already has them please do share.
I couldn’t find any cool song for the #YouStink protest but a friend of mine shared this old song from 2013 that applies perfectly to the current situation and is pretty awesome! I hope they are panicking 😀
Update: His name is Maroun Nachef and is known as The Seller of Songs. Here’s an old article with more details about Maroun. Thank you Alexis!
I was once told about an old man who sits on Sassine Square and plays the Oud but I never really met him until today. He was sitting in the middle of the square with a hat in front of him to collect tips and a banner on his right that basically says that he’s unemployed, he’s playing the Oud and singing to earn few bucks and he’s willing to attend parties and events. I think this is the first time I meet a street musician in Beirut and I thought of a way to help him out:
– If anyone is getting married or planning an outdoor event this summer, invite this old man to play at the event and earn few bucks. It’s a pretty cool and original idea and it would help him earn few bucks. I will share this post with all the agencies that I usually work with and I hope they will consider my request.
Until then, make sure you leave a good tip if you spot him on Sassine Square.
Moukheef el Yammine! Awesome song hahaha! Check it out [here].
Ever since I posted about the Chris Brown giveaway, I’ve been receiving comments from people telling me that I shouldn’t promote him because he beat his ex-gf Rihana and that would send a wrong message to all those who are attending the concert. Added to that, Beirut.com surprisingly shared an article on why (and I quote) “attending Chris Brown’s concert would be another slap in the face to all the woman who have suffered at the hands of husbands, boyfriends and fathers in this country? And a slap in the face to all the hard work that KAFA has been doing to combat these societal problems?”, then asked to boycott Brown’s concert and make “this disgusting guy “khalas” in Lebanon “Forever”.” (I have no idea what this last sentence means by the way).
I’m at loss for words to be honest. It’s as if we got bored of boycotting artists because they’ve been to Israel so we started coming up with new reasons to boycott them. In fact, maybe they are right, maybe we should no longer tolerate the likes of Chris Brown and pressure the Lebanese authorities to halt all concerts this summer and stop all artists who may pose a threat to our society or could negatively influence the young and innocent generations, even if this means harming our economy and causing major financial losses to Lebanese companies. Maybe we should start a new movement and make Rihanna’s insightful song “Bitch Better Have My Money” its anthem.
I say we should boycott any artist who at some point in his life:
– Drank too much alcohol and got drunk.
– Used illegal substances.
– Cheated on his wife or gf/bf.
– Posed naked in front of the camera.
– Didn’t properly use hashtags on Instagram.
– Used the F*** word in a concert or during an interview.
– Was fined for speeding or parking illegally.
– Answered his cellphone at the theaters.
– Didn’t call his mother on her birthday.
– Didn’t visit his grandma on Christmas.
– Burned $100 dollar bills to light up his cigar.
– Smoked an Arguile.
– Had a Chicken Shawarma without garlic.
– Claimed that Hummus is not Lebanese.
– Denied the fact that Lebanon is the center of the Universe.
And the list goes on and on …
Note: I am in no way trying to compare what Chris Brown did to speeding or shawarma. He s a terrible human being who served time for what he did but that’s not the point here. What I’m referring to is how we barely make any effort when women are abused in Lebanon but get all excited when it’s about Rihanna. Our government has been refusing to pass a law to protect women for years yet we don’t boycott them or hold them accountable. When NGOs call for demonstrations to stop domestic violence hundreds only show up. Let’s set our priorities straight once and for all.
Golden Circle: Roxanne Samaha
Standing Tickets: Maya
I will email you details on how to collect tickets. Congrats!
MixFM Lebanon are bringing Chris Brown to Lebanon on July 29th to perform at Biel in what promises to be the biggest concert this summer. Brown is one of the world’s biggest R&B stars worldwide and has been compared to the likes of Usher and Michael Jackson, especially after the impressive tribute he did to MJ back in 2010 at the BET Awards.
I’m not a big Chris Brown fan but I do appreciate his talent and some of his music, and it’s always good to see him and other big names come to Beirut to perform live. Some of you may have heard rumors about Brown cancelling his show but Mix FM reconfirmed today that Chris Brown is coming to Beirut as scheduled and that the concert promises to be the biggest of 2015. I will never understand why some people try to ruin big events like that by spreading false rumors, as they are harming the economy and themselves at the end of the day.
In all cases, I’m more than willing to attend the concert just to prove them wrong, even if I don’t like the guy, and I’m giving away 4 tickets (two Golden circle & Two Standing Tickets) for all Chris Brown fans and readers of the blog.
All you have to do is answer the below question:
Which Chris Brown single peaked atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent five week at No.1?
Leave a comment on the blog post with the right answer and I will draw two lucky winners (two tickets each) by tomorrow morning. Tickets for the event are available on [Virgin Ticketing Box Office].
NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.
Lebanese Memes shared earlier today a short video of a Lebanese nun (probably abroad) playing the derbaké. She reminded me of the singing nun who won Italy’s the Voice last year and she should consider applying to the Voice because she’s pretty cool.
Funnily enough, some people didn’t like the fact that she’s a religious person trying to look cool and have fun. I wish these people would mind their own business and leave that nun alone because she’s already doing a better job (religiously speaking) by being a nun and dedicating her life to serving her church and helping people.
Check her out [here] and if anyone has a longer video, please do share.