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The Poetry of Violence
Very nice even if I couldn't understand what she was singing.
Maybe I'm not being fair, but I have a hard time imagining anything like this - the Muslim equivalent - going on in the Palestinian Territories. It seems that when they're not trying to scratch out a living in dusty, rocky streets, they're plotting to kill Jews. I just wonder if they have any real fun at all... (killing somebody doesn't count).
Mudbug-- Actually, there is some fine music in the Palestinian and Israeli Arab sectors, but it doesn't get much air time except locally. Music and poetry is so important in Arab culture that my crackpot theory as to why ISIS and other radical groups will ultimately fail is because they start right away to destroy musical instruments and ban singing. The MB in Egypt wanted to cover up or get rid of the statue of Oum Khalsum ( a famous patriotic singer in the Nasser period), but they had to back off because of public outrage. BTW there are quite a few Israeli and Arab bands performing together, and some Israeli singers are also quite popular among Arabs throughout the Middle East. Not only Israelis from Arab countries and Persia love it. Idan Raichel also has some Arabic music in his recordings.