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Songs of Rage Keep Pace With Extraordinary Times Part-1

Updated on November 30, 2019

Speakers have preceded people in the squares since the beginning of the intifada. So far, however, there is still a gap between the songs broadcast by the street sound platforms and those that have finally been produced and posted on social media. In the early days of the uprising, the songs of Julia Boutros, Marcel Khalifa, Ahmed Qaboor, Assi Al-Hellani and Joseph Attia were returned, along with other songs such as "The Revolution of the Homeland of All Our Homeland", which spread throughout Lebanon. The song is composed by Genrik, the Turkish series "The Resurrection of Artgul" by Turkish musician Albay Goltekin, and performed by vocalist Bilal al-Ahmad (lyrics by Manal al-Ayoubi). There is no exceptional value to the song, no word or melody, as it is limited to some general and intuitive phrases from the national anthem, and to the call for freedom: "The revolution of the homeland... We are all for the homeland, and freedom calls us and Lebanon is free of us. It seems that the enthusiastic music, and the reference to most of the Lebanese regions (Batroun, Tyre, Tripoli, Bekaa, Akkar, Sidon, Nabatiyeh...) in the song made it easy to find its way to the demonstrations of these areas. In Beirut, street sound installations are still far from being posted on the Internet for songs produced during the uprising that criticize the current social, political and economic realities, without missing criticism of divisive and hateful speeches. In addition, there are songs that have not been recorded, but have been documented only on telephone cameras, including those performed by some young men and women when cutting the Kantari road leading to Hamra, for example. These are real-time songs written collectively in the street through the systems of words that mimic the uprising and the atmosphere of protest, on the tune of some well-known songs such as "Sugar Ya Shaabi Road" to the tune of "Shti Ya Dini" by Fayrouz, accompanied by a live play on the kurds (Samah Abu Al-Mona) and some rhythmic instruments. The street was a live music platform, where he witnessed some concerts for the band "The Great Late", and for Jafar Al-Tafar and Al-Ras, while artistic faces participated to perform well-known songs such as Abdul Karim al-Shaar, who sang for Um Kulthoum and other artists. Here we present a collection of songs that came out and recorded in the intifada and are gathered to celebrate the restoration of the street. Between rap, electronic music and the restoration of folk and repertoire, these songs go beyond the sometimes direct political demands to advocate for popular social practices that have faded due to the decline of public places, while bearing the signature of the most prominent faces of the rap scene, and other bands met on songs Specific in the revolution.

Yuyu - Bread and Salt - Dar Qanbes

With the uprising, the demands were multiplied. Public spaces, the popular habits that have evaporated, the collective joy, the eating, the dancing and the dabkeh. All of this has been killed by the existing regime, through its economic policies and daily encroachments on beaches, squares and parks. These dissonant communities are therefore politically becoming. This is what the song "Yuyu" released by "Dar Qanbaz" as an advertisement for the activity "Bread and Salt" which brought people together in all lebanese regions last Sunday morning. The invitation was evident in the song written by Nadine Touma on the tune of the popular song "Yuyu", which was previously sung to children on swings. It is an invitation for people to gather on the Picnic in the popular spaces, on the mina, the corniche and the gardens from the north and south, including Beirut, Qubbiyat, Bessari, Zgharta and Sidon. The song does not call for the past as much as it calls for the humanization of the revolution, and to revive some social practices, from games, dances and the atmosphere of entertainment and fun that the new generation hardly recognizes: «Bring in ma'an, mat and conveyor, fattoush and yoyo fish... We play with the table Yuyu, a yuyu bastard violin, play with the rope...», the song says on the sound of music played by Farah Kaddoor (Bezeq), George Sheikh (Nay and Tab), interspersed with fuzz, while the video restores images and footage from the past from outings on the sea and in the wilderness, and to dabka rings.

"Anthem of the Revolution" - Ziad Ahmadi and Mehdi Mansour

After they stormed Lebanon TV to protest his failure to cover the events of the popular uprising, Lebanese artists participated in the singing of the "Anthem of the Revolution", written by the poet Mehdi Mansour, and distributed by the artist Ziad Al-Ahmadiyya to the tune of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The song, which was recorded in Red Studio, was performed by a course featuring artists and actors Fadi Abi Samra, Mohammed Sharaf, Elie Habib, Ziad Al-Ahmadia, André Abu Zeid, Zaher Qais, Anjou Rehan, Talal Al-Jardi, Abdou Shaheen, Rania Marwa, Carmen Labes, Badie Abu Shakra and others. While they performed in Martyrs' Square, they also performed several times in protests in the areas they visited far from Beirut.

After they stormed Lebanon TV to protest his failure to cover the events of the popular uprising. Lebanese artists participated in the singing of the "Anthem of the Revolution", written by the poet Mehdi Mansour, and distributed by the artist Ziad Al-Ahmadiyya to the tune of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The song, which was recorded in Red Studio, was performed by a course featuring artists and actors Fadi Abi Samra, Mohammed Sharaf, Elie Habib, Ziad Al-Ahmadia, André Abu Zeid, Zaher Qais, Anjou Rehan, Talal Al-Jardi, Abdou Shaheen, Rania Marwa, Carmen Labes, Badie Abu Shakra and others. While they performed in Martyrs' Square, they also performed several times in protests in the areas they visited far from Beirut.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Hafiz Muhamamd Adnan

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