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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Shakira Singing in Arabic

Shakira is a Columbian Singer of mixed heritage, part of which is Arab. This is a video of Shakira in Dubai singing in Arabic. Her father is of Lebaneses extraction. Her mother is Spanish and Italian. Her names means full of grace in Arabic.

Wikipedia: Shakira

Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. From her mother, Nidia Ripoll, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) and Italian descent

What is interesting is that it was ethnic Arab music which started her career.

Wikipedia: Shakira

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. She started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in the second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded “like a goat”. At school, she says she had been known as “the belly dancer girl”, as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Colombians serving as Mercenaries in UAE Army

1,500 Colombian military, serving in the UAE Army INTERNACIONAL – August 8, 2013 (They are a few hours ahead of us)

The governments of Colombia and the United Arab Emirates are planning to finalize an agreement governing the arrival of the South American country’s military to Gulf state, attracted by high wages. As reported by Roberto Velez Vallejo, Colombian Ambassador in Abu Dhabi, currently about 1,500 soldiers are part of the UAE Armed Forces, which represents more than 50 percent of Colombians who live in that area and, as direct consequence of this migratory movement will more.

Translation was done by Google translation engine.

South America and the Arab countries are getting connected. Keep an eye on this.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

DOTD – 026 – From the Interior of Colombia

This is in Gualmatán, in the province of Nariño, Colombia.

The music is clearly a mix of Western Motiffs with Arabic influence. The men are dressed as Hindu Rajas not Arabs, so the demarcation of culture is blurred.

At (3:00) three minutes, so genuine Arab music kicks in.

However, again, most of these people probably do not have Arab blood in them. Arabic motiffs, and dancing are mainstream in South America.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Lebanese Girl – A Colombian Cumbia Song

La Libanesa = The Lebanese Girl

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