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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Palestine Center Lectures on Palestinian-Latins


YouTube post date: Nov 25, 2013

Amazing. Only now are people in the English speaking world starting to notice this. How sad?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Arab-Chilean gave lecture in Tennessee

Al-Imad lectures history of Middle East conflict

By Jessica Mynatt

On Oct. 24, Professor Leila Al-Imad gave a summary of the long history of political conflicts in that area.

Her father was Lebanese and her mother was from Chile. She offered a unique perspective on the subject.

Professor Al-Imad explained how outside influences were causing changes in the Middle East.

“In the middle of the nineteenth century, nationalism hit the Middle East,” she said.

The idea of nationalism was coming from the west, and the idea of fundamentalism was coming from the east.

It became a cultural idea that problems were caused by people not living up to their religion, and this view encouraged the fundamentalist movement.

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From Tennessee: This was a few days ago.

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Happy 4th

I am American, and so, in celebration of our Independence:

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Schwarmas + Tacos

This is in the USA, but the company is blending Arab (Schwarma) + Latin (tacos).

El Chile Caliente (The Hot Chili)

Notice that he has a lot of Arab items on the menu.

While this might seem odd to an American, the Arabs have a big footprint in Latin America. Apparently, this footprint is now moving here to the USA.

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Surf Rock is Arabic in Origin


Misrlou – the start of Surf Rock

Miserlou (1963) by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones was the start of American surf rock.

However, it goes back to a Mediterranean folk song of unclear origins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misirlou

The earliest known recording of the song was by a rebetiko musician, Tetos Demetriades, in 1927. In 1930, Michalis Patrinos and his rebetiko band recorded a cover version in Athens, Greece.[2] As with almost all early rebetika songs (a style that originated with the Greek refugees from Asia Minor in Turkey), the song’s actual composer has never been identified, and its ownership rested with the band leader. The melody was most likely composed collaboratively by the band, as was often the case at the time; the initial lyrics were almost certainly written by Patrinos himself. Patrinos, who originally lived in Smyrni, named the song “Mısırlı” or “Misirlou” which means an Egyptian Muslim girl, as opposed to Egyptian Christians who were referred to as Αιγυπτιοι (Aigyptioi) in Greek.

Dick Dale was half-Lebanese, and an Oud player before he picked up guitar. He grew up playing these tunes, and would have been familiar with the tune.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misirlou

The song was rearranged as a solo instrumental rock guitar piece by Dick Dale in 1962. During a performance, Dale was bet by a young fan that he could not play a song on only one string of his guitar. Dale’s father and uncles were Lebanese-American musicians, and Dale remembered seeing his uncle play “Misirlou” on one string of the oud. He vastly increased the song’s tempo to make it into rock and roll. It was Dale’s surf rock version that introduced “Misirlou” to a wider audience in the United States


The Greek recording

One of the comments on the video says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPSDH4hdS3Y

There are claims “Misirlou” is Arabic in origin, specifically coming from Alexandrian singer/composer Sayyid Darwish and his song “Bint Misr.” He supposedly recorded it around 1919 but until a copy surfaces, we’ll just have to wonder! DICK ROSEMONT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misirlou

The song’s oriental melody has been so popular for so long that many people, from Morocco to Iraq, claim it to be a folk song from their own country. In fact, in the realm of Middle Eastern music, the song is a very simplistic one, since it is little more than going up and down the Hijaz Kar or double harmonic scale (E-F-G#-A-B-C-D#).

The song goes back to a Greek refugees from Turkey, composed about an Egyptian woman.

However, the melody seems to go back even further to the Arabs.

The melody may go back to the Hijaz, the West end of Saudi Arabia.

So there you have it. Surf Music may be Arabic in origin.

So it looks like this:
Hijaz → Egypt → Greek neighborhood in Turkey → Greek recording in America → Adopted by Dick Dale to Surf Music


May 8, 2017 – Edited: Minor edits.

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