Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

Jordanian Music: Tareq Al Nasser’s RUM

Tareq Al Nasser is one of the most prominent composers and arrangers in the Arab World. He became famous during the  early nineties when he composed the soundtrack for the drama  series, “Nihayat Rajul Shujaa” (End of a Brave Man,) and … Continue reading

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Hip hop and the Arab Spring

The censorship of media during the Arab Spring called for new ways of communicating dissatisfaction with the nations’ leaders, and has by many been called a “revolution of the young.” One example of this is the role that hip hop, … Continue reading

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Fairuz (Flower among Cities)

Fairuz often performs songs relevant to the situation of Palestinians and Zahrat al-Mada’in (Flower among Cities) is no different.  It surrounds the problem of Jerusalem, which typically represents loss to Palestinians.  For example, the lyrics include lines such as “crying … Continue reading

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This is Not a Film (2011), dir. Jafar Panahi

            In 2010, Iranian director Jafar Panahi was put under house arrest due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 elections. He was then sentenced to 6 years in prison and … Continue reading

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Sayed Kashua – ‘Navigating Between Two Worlds’ with Humour and Satire

Sayed Kashua – A journalist with a weekly column in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, an author with three critically acclaimed novels, and a creator of a television series, ‘Arab Labor’ watched by 20% of the Israeli population. But all this, … Continue reading

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