Artist: Farid Al-Atrash
Song: Ya Habaybi Ya Ghaybeen
I still can’t get over the backup dancers’ outfits. lol
Song: Izluji Me
Beyoncé with Girma Wolde-Giorgis (probably the dictator whose name looks more like that of a Disney villain), in 2007
We all read, days ago, that after Gaddafi was declared, again, a terrorist by the International Community, some artists that were payed by him -or relatives- to perform donated the money. Beyoncé (a booty-shaking artist, in case you don´t yet know her) being amongst them I guess that, after the concert, she told his agent “No! Don´t but that yacht yet with the money Gaddafi has given to us, keep the bills in an envelope for a year just in case popular revolts begin and, if so, we will donate them”.
Very well predicted, ma´am (And, by the way, some other rebel artists, like Bon Jovi, were there showing where the spirit of true rock lies).
Now, shall we tackle another affair: Beyoncé performed in 2007 in Ethiopia (and a ticket to see her costed twice of what an Ethiopian civil servant gets paid monthy, so we imagine what kind of people attented the gig) and was greeted by Wolde-Giorgis (as the graphic and video proof shows), who is nothing less than the country´s dictator. Regarding the visit, the artist “expressed her interest in becoming involved in humanitarian concerns in Ethiopia”, which is equivalent to say that you want to give up drinking (just after you have served yourself a cup of bourbon)
Beyoncé also met with Abuna Paulos, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Catholic church of Ethiopia, which apparently has millions thrilling with his deeds: this pious man (maybe the most powerful of the country after all) has got, as of lately, the hobby of building statues of him all around -each one costing the year salary of 25.000 Ethiopians- kindly disregarding the fact that 1 in 3 children is malnourished, 64% of adults can´t read, USD$8 bn. remain yet to pay in concept of external debt and, well, you know, knee-deep-shit affairs [source]
But perhaps the most striking fact is that, just 2 years before Beyoncé perfomed in Addis Ababa, 26 people were killed by the government forces for committing the crime of protesting an election that, according to UN observers, was fraudulent [source] Also, any human rights investigation by foreigners is illegal: human rights affairs in Ethiopia can only be investigated… by the Ethiopian government.
So, may we ask where are you going to donate the money when shit hits the fan in Ethiopia as well?
President Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, quoted by Al Jazeera in a statement as opposing violence against civilians – on the same day that his Predator drones engaged in more slaughter of civilians in Pakistan – has sold a shit-ton of weapons to Saudi Arabia who, in turn, has joined the army of Bahrain in the massacre of unarmed civilian protesters in the streets of Bahrain. Is that pretty much it? Have I missed anything here?
Artiste: Cheb Khlaed
J’adore cette chanson! Je devrais être au lit, mais je ne peux pas dormir. Il est ok. Je vais me coucher en écoutant cette chanson. =)
Artist: Paul Simon, Lady Blacksmith Mambazo
Song: Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes, 1987
This brings back memories since I grew up watching this all the time. :)
Artist: Ziad Burgy
Song: Ya Ana