Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eastern Beats

I know we've ventured into the world of Arab pop quite recently, but I find myself very taken with this new song, "Ma Bkhaf" ("Don't be Scared") by Lebanese diva Carole Samaha, now in heavy rotation on the local video channels.

It's actually a pretty good dance song. Samaha appears to be staking out a Jennifer Lopez sort of role for herself, and the overall affect is a little more minimalist than some of her competition. The clip is causing a certain amount of controversy, not just, as usual, for the amount of skin on display, but for the daring casting of its extras. Check out the saucy couple at around 1:23 and you'll see what I mean.

I'm always happy when this part of the world surprises with its diversity, on all fronts...

1 comment:

  1. applaudable ! it certainly remind us of the existence of other worlds that are evolving - and not necessarily following the footprints of self-proclaimed leaders of civilization

    please notice that the clip was directed by the eclectic thierry vergnes, whose careful eye also directed the glamorous helene segara in her heart breaking rendition of au nom d'une femme - doesn't she make even a family dispute look glamorous?

    proceed to your own peril - the reprise 'un peu d'amour' is infectious - if you listen to it twice, you'll find yourself humming it in your mind for the rest of the day.

    but then again, don't we all need un peu d'amour?