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This week's song

Last night, I put my students through the emotional wringer! We were dancing to Ana Mosh Arefni. I talked about the nature of the lyrics, so that they would not be dancing it with big smiley happy faces, or anything inappropriate like that. But even if I hadn't explained the lyrics, I'm fairly sure they would have had a clue, just from the nature of Hamouda's voice. The whole piece is a cauldron of seething, roiling emotion. I *love* this song. I may have to perform to it sometime.

In carrying out my researches for my students, I found this vid, which I'm going to refer them all to. It's so freakin' sha'abi, it makes me ache! From the complete unprepossessingness of Abdel Basset Hamouda, to the terrible fashions, to the whole stoner quality of the event. It is sha'abi in a nutshell, and pish and tush to all those dancers who do cutesy "sha'abi". You've gotta have grit!

And then I found the film that it was performed in. I haven't got the bandwidth to watch it, but it's saved on my "to watch when I've got free wifi" list.



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Jan. 22nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
I I I I I really love this song (LOL see what I did there!!) This is one song I always use as an example of shaabi not being all skipping about being cheeky cute-it can be every emotion. I am so glad you found this clip I had it on my website but the link stopped working so I took it down. Totally agree with what you say about the song and the clip.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
That is some clip. The dancer makes me sad. I want to know more about it!!
Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Me too, which is why I clicked on the movie. I may have to nip to the pub next door, some time, and nurse a glass of wine for a couple of hours to watch it.
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