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… a strong and beautiful voice for the Palestinians

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“Raise your Keffiyeh Raise it
Sing the Ataba and Mijana and enjoy it

Shake your shoulders tenderly
Jafra, Ataba and Diheya

And let guns contribute and make it more fun [interesting double meaning, the song so far has been describing a wedding where people are singing the Ataba and Mijana and doing dabka, traditionally those were always accompanied by shooting guns in the air]

Raise the flag in Ramallah and Mountains of fire [Nablus’s nick name]
your proud head band is a symbol of grit and determination [Keffiyeh as a head dress was traditionally associated with head bands 3qal]
The first bullet tells the story of the journey
When the time comes, we make what’s up go down [rearranging an old Palestinian proverb]

Raise your Keffiyeh Raise it
Sing the Ataba and Mijana and enjoy it

We grew figs and olives in the orchard
We brought the wheat seeds and the lemon trees

When you call my country .. we will be ready
Lighting the victory paths in the battle day

Raise your Keffiyeh Raise it
Sing the Ataba and Mijana and enjoy it.”

More about Mohamed Assaf at:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e3c223c4-eb9e-11e5-bb79-2303682345c8.html

 

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… another musical touch to the weekend :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWqsYx9vrS4&index=1&list=TMDLGFgwTCdn48YzAxMjAxNg

Dedicated to all of you, and especially to our dear friends Patricia, and Enrico. Their fine blogs are found at:

https://patriziaphoto.wordpress.com/

https://enricogarrou.wordpress.com/

Ciao!

 

… have a musical weekend :-)

For our friends in North America, turn on to PBS at 9:00 p.m. ET for the 2015 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (great artists paying homage to Willie Nelson). “This year’s all-star tribute features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.”

Last year’s show for Billy Joel can be watched here.

Have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom for those who observe Shabbat! 🙂

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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“The Divan is not a love story, and it is not a peace story. It has very flatteringly been described as a project for peace. It isn’t. It’s not going to bring peace, whether you play well or not so well. The Divan was conceived as a project against ignorance. A project against the fact that it is absolutely essential for people to get to know the other, to understand what the other thinks and feels, without necessarily agreeing with it. I’m not trying to convert the Arab members of the Divan to the Israeli point of view, and [I’m] not trying to convince the Israelis to the Arab point of view. But I want to – and unfortunately I am alone in this now that Edward died a few years ago – …create a platform where the two sides can disagree and not resort to knives.”

Daniel Barenboim