The new song “Hello” by Adele came out and everyone fell completely in love with it. Some others were annoyed by people’s obsession and decided to complain each time they hear it or see it on their Facebook feed.
I personally liked the song and I think Adele has an amazing voice. Reasons why people are so obsessed with this song are because Adele is one of top singers to follow these days and people like to listen to emotional music and feel the lyrics apply to their feelings. We’re all sad and emotional and want to experience our feelings through new music. This is what I think anyway.
So, the moment came and we saw on Youtube a Mashup for this song with Fairouz’s famous song “Kifak Enta” sung by a girl, called Noel Kharman from Haifa. The singing is very nice and the combination is beautiful. And somehow makes sense.
Though the original singing of Adele and Fairouz are superior to the performance to the girl in the video, it does not take away the beauty of listening to the two songs combined. It’s beautiful and nice.
A lot of people argue that the girl’s performance and talent will never live up to Adele’s, or Fairouz’s, And then the argument evolves and people start comparing Adele to Fairouz. Being a legend, Fairouz has a different style and basically Arab people prefer her performance over others. I’m not going to get in depth with this argument as it’s irrelevant for the topic I want to present.
Everywhere this mashup cover is shared there are comments and I’m basically interested in hearing people’s opinion, especially because you make one mistake of looking at one comment and discovering how far the argument can go. First the performer Noel Kharman is from Haifa and she identifies herself as a Palestinian. By seeing her dressed up like an ordinary girl (with no cover and hijab, etc) people immediately assume she’s Lebanese, Because apparently only Lebanese women are the only women in the Arab world who are allowed to look modern and dress up like other women in the Western world. It may come as a shock: to see an Arab woman looking the same as any woman in Europe or the western world.
And let’s not forget how the Israeli people automatically respond to seeing a Palestinian girl from Haifa: “Haifa is not Palestine. It’s Israel.” Of course, Haifa is one of the most well known occupied Palestinian Cities and may I add one of the most beautiful. Jews and Palestinians live in the city and though some Palestinians lost their identity, many still hold it proudly and relate to it as the most beautiful Palestinian city. While many other Palestinian refugees and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza dream about the end of the occupation to have the liberty to come and visit Haifa.
The Israeli Palestinian conflict doesn’t stop here. The Arab people around the Arab world (or the entire world) step in and start. The most important thing is her dressing. They have to point out to her belly, her exposed belly, as if no woman on this earth can be seen without being covered, entirely. It is entirely unacceptable for a woman to dress up like that. She looks like a prostitute to them. The song, the music, the voice and her performance, they all become irrelevant when it comes to her dressing. They blame the occupation and how the Palestinians in Israel now try to look like Jews, while most of the Palestinians actually do is live and adapt a life style that suits the modern and normal world. Because it is a modern society we live in, not the middle ages (as seen now in the Islamic countries).
Look at Noel. Does she look like she’s trying too hard to expose her body? I cannot see that myself. All I can see is a beautiful woman, dressed up nicely, and singing a beautiful song.
But no, she’s an Arab, she cannot dress up like that, she is obligated to dress up like all Arabs we see in the Islamic countries. And she cannot, in any position, have her belly shown like that. But “She’s a christian after all.” as one commentator says.
“Why is it that the Western world comments on her signing, voice and performance, while the Arab world only comments on her clothes,” and her belly in particular. Is that the furthest thing the Arab World can reach? And we still wonder why we cannot evolve and be like the rest of the world.