Nancy Ajram has released a song off her upcoming album for kids, Super Nancy.
The song is Egyptian and called “Ya Banat.” The theme is apparently part of what Ajram was trying to go for with her second album for kids: an empowerment for little girls.
Good intentions and me being obviously not the target audience aside, I’m not sure what I feel about the song. While the first verse is something that I got my mom to hear (I’ve been asking for a baby sister for such a long time now), the overall song feels lacking. It could be that it’s way too short or that I’m tired of Lebanese singers singing one Egyptian song after the other.
Does the miserable state of music in this part of the world really need another album for kids from one of its biggest stars? I’m not entirely convinced with that. But hey, at least it’s not candy-coated sex for kids.
Interesting observation: my Australian cousin thought the album promo billboards, which are plastered all over Lebanon’s highways, were ads for a dollhouse.
Listen to “Ya Banat” here – with annoying “Arabica” voice overs and all.
The album will be released on Thursday.
Because the only thing our singers and artists do when it comes to them being “active” is to, well, sing about it, we have a brand new song for the Lebanese Army.
Written by Nizar Francis and composed by Samir Sfeir, who also sings on it, the song is what you’d expect a song like it to be: dabke-ready with overly patriotic lyrics along with copious use of tebyid tnajer.
“Kan sa3b l 3eish wel nas khifanin. Sar 3enna jeish wel jeish lebnani.“
Life was hard and people were scared. And then we had an army, the Lebanese Army.
I’m not sure if it’s the collective of these five artists having millions of dollars among them but life is still hard for almost everyone else and people are still scared. But yes, let’s sing about it. Because that is the best way to support the army.
“Majd Lebnan houwi jeish Lebnan.“
The glory of Lebanon is the Lebanese Army.
I won’t even comment on that sentence.
You can listen to that song, which I think is absolutely useless, here:
If these artists wanted to support the army, how about they stop singing about it to make money and open up their credit cards and start donating?
I’m sure our army would appreciate their cash more than their song.
Oh wait. That’s what the Lebanese are good at. We’re all talk (or singing) and no show. Yalla 3al dabké fida l jeish!