Several weeks after reading G. Willow Wilson’s “Cairo” graphic novel, and I’m discovering an affection for this type of literature, particularly if it pertains to the Arab World. This one touches upon a not-so-pleasant subject that is particularly prevalent in Egypt these days, one that affects women regardless of creed or race.
"Le Temps de Voir" by Saurez ft. Léonie - one of those beloved fusion songs I can’t get enough of, the current chanson du jour. Suarez is a Belgium-based band consisting of Italian-French and Madagascarian musicians and singers; in this song, which is French for "The Time to See", they feature Léonie, a young lady who recently won the Belgian version of "The Voice". Catchy and apt to get stuck in your head, this song asks: can you lend me your history? Which begs the question - is it possible for anyone to truly walk in someone else’s shoes?
A date vendor stands in his his stall at the edge of the Casabah in Algiers, waiting for his last customers of the day after making a very large sale of the highly sought after “diglat noor" variety. This particular type of date is named so because it said that they are transparent through the light. Algiers, Algeria, May 2013
To those who celebrate, happy Ramadan, and may it rejuvenate your souls, just as the gentle date rejuvenates the body after a long day’s fast.
Today marks the passing of one of India’s most celebrated musicians, Mr. Ravi Shankar, sitar player extraordinaire and father of two phenomenal female musicians, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. This tune, “Svara Mantra”, was introduced to me many moons ago and is my favourite of his, although his repertoire of music is extensive. Farewell to another talented member of humanity.
"You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring." A stencil created by Bahia Shehab, an Egyptian artist, who spray paints her images all over Cairo. This quote is one from the great Pablo Neruda, translated into Arabic.
A wonderful flamenco-style tune by the name of “Evlerinin Önü Boyalı Direk” brought to us by Öykü - Berk, a Turkish duo that specialises in performing flamenco but to Turkish lyrics, heightening the already present oriental edge that flamenco is famous for. Love the fusion! (They are singing about love, in case you were wondering.)