Category Archives: Music

Let’s Make This Happen: Pharrell Williams – Happy (We Are From Lebanon) #HappyFromLeb

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I am sure all of you have heard Pharrell Williams’s Happy song and seen the world’s [first 24 hour music video]. The whole video and idea are pure genius and seeing all these people dancing happily is a great way to cheer yourself up on a bad day.

Having said that, and since Lebanon is going through bad MONTHS not just days, I thought we make our own version of Pharrel’s song by compiling clips sent from various Lebanese from all across the country. I tweeted last week to see how many people would be interested in this idea and got plenty of positive replies. Liliane also posted about that yesterday and also got some positive feedback.

I think we all agree that dancing and music are great ways to boost happiness and feel better, so here’s what you have to do to take part in this video clip and make it happen!

– Film yourself either alone or with your friends or anyway you want for at least 10-15 seconds dancing the Pharrell Williams’s Happy song. You could film yourself dancing at home, on a sidewalk, in the park, in the parking lot, on the roof, anywhere you like.

– Make sure the camera is fixed and set properly just like you can see it in the video clip above.

– Check that the video is a good quality one, save it as .mov or .mp4
& email me If you are filming using a smart phone, use it horizontally and avoid using the zoom.

Once I receive the needed entries, I will compile and edit them with the help of a friend into one video clip and upload it on YouTube. The sooner I get the needed amount of videos, the earlier I upload the video so spread the message and let’s make this happen and show a better image of Lebanon.

You can check out the [Dubai Version] or [Bucharest] version or [Paris Version] and a lot more versions online to have an idea on how to make your video and send it over.

Lebanese Singer Aline Lahoud To Compete in The Voice – France

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Update: Watch Aline Lahoud’s performance [Here].

It looks like Aline Lahoud will be competing in the French Edition of The Voice this year. Aline is a very talented singer and the daughter of Salwa Al-Katrib, one of the best known singers in Lebanon and the Arab World. She will be the third Lebanese talent to compete in the Voice France after Johny Maalouf in 2012 and of course Anthony Touma in 2013.

Good Luck to you Aline!

PS: If you never heard of Salwa Al-Katrib, I recommend you check out some of her songs on YouTube.

via BelleBeirut

French Actress and Singer Juliette Gréco Censored in Lebanon

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Via StopCulturalTerrorism

I really have no idea why this 86-year old French singer was censored on Serge Gainsbourg’s cd. If anything, it was Gainsbourg who sang something that has to do with Israel (Blasphemy!).

Juliette Gréco was born in Montpellier to a Corsican father and a mother who became active in the Résistance, in the Hérault département of southern France. She was raised by her maternal grandparents. Gréco also became involved in the Résistance, and was caught but not deported because of her young age. She moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946 after her mother left the country for Indochina

Gréco became a devotee of the bohemian fashion of some intellectuals of post-war France. Jean-Paul Sartre said of Gréco that she had “millions of poems in her voice”.[1] She was known to many of the writers and artists working in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Boris Vian.

Gréco spent the post liberation years frequenting the Saint Germain cafes, immersing herself in political and philosophical Bohemian culture. As a regular figure at music and poetry venues like Le Tabou on Rue Dauphine, Greco became acquainted with Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau, even being given a role in Cocteau’s film Orphée in 1949.[2] That same year, she began a new singing career with a number of well-known French writers writing lyrics; Raymond Queneau’s “Si tu t’imagines” was one of her earliest songs to become popular.


Here’s a [link] to the blasphemous song “La Javanaise”.

Giveaway: 10 Tickets (Standing) + 4 Golden Circle Tickets To The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show At The Forum De Beyrouth

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I know that there are a lot of Pink Floyd fans in Lebanon, including myself, so here’s your chance to attend the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show that’s taking place on Saturday December 21st 2013 at the Forum De Beyrouth. The P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd’s biggest show yet and is inspired by the record breaking 1994 ‘Division Bell’ Tour and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show.

All you have to do is the following:
1- Like BlogBaladi’s Facebook Page.
2- Leave a comment on the blog post with your favorite Pink Floyd song.

5 people will win 2 standing tickets and two lucky winners will get 4 Golden Circle Tickets. The competition ends tomorrow at midnight.

Update: Competition extended till Thursday Noon.

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.