I stumbled upon a new song by Masrou’ Leyla, my favourite Lebanese band. Their music definitely falls into the ‘alternative’ genre of Arabic music, but I just love their sound and also their courage: Recently the lead singer came out regarding his sexuality, which in Lebanon is a very brave thing to do.
I don’t claim to understand what the song talks about, but I read though some of the comments and apparently (?) it is about distraction by secondary things over (political) issues that really matter. The song is called ‘for the country/nation’ (or something like that… excuse my non-existent Arabic skills!). I like how simple the video is, with a tacky 1980’s feel to it. I just love the song, and if it is about what I think it is, the band does an amazing job showing just that with a simple dance.
(Imad is currently in New Haven, Connecticut, so I don’t have anyone to translate the song for me. But when he comes back, I’m hoping for a better translation of the song and maybe a Yale t-shirt too 🙂