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No Woman, No Drive: Saudi comedian releases musical protest on women driving ban [The Kingdom]

My take on this:

1) Must be a slow news day over at Yahoo …

2) Maybe the protestors should consider this, they’re taking to the streets in protest to … fight for the right to drive a car … Wow!!! Their life must be pretty good in The Kingdom, because people who have to deal with “real” discrimination [i.e. genocidal racism et al] on a daily basis would trade places with these women in a New York minute if a driving ban were the worst thing that they had to deal with in their lives.

3) More potshots at The Kingdom. Shame on you … Your envy is showing …

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As Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest the ban on women driving in the Kingdom, one comedian has released his own musical take on the issue.

Hisham Fageeh, a self-proclaimed ‘artist and social activist’ produced an acapella cover of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry with a twist, entitled No Woman No Drive.

In the four-minute video posted on YouTube, which also features fellow comedian Fahad Albutairi, Fageeh is seen singing, whistling and even scratching his beard to create the beats of the classic tune.

“I don’t really listen to music, but while studying in the US I heard this song by this Jamaican guy that caught my attention. I decided to do my own rendition; with lyrics relevant to my culture, but without musical instruments. I hope you like it,” he jokes in the video.

The lyrics offer a satirical take on the reaction to the ban on women driving.

Screengrab from Hisham Fageeh's satirical song No Woman, No Drive.

Screengrab from Hisham Fageeh’s satirical song No Woman, No Drive.

“Say, I remember when you used to sit, in the family car, but backseat. Ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies,” he croons, in reference to a controversial statement made by a Saudi cleric last month.

So why did Fageeh make the video? “I was inspired by people’s feelings, the general idea of this struggle, and the depth of the “debate,” he told Yahoo Maktoob, “The reaction has been nothing but love, from all sides. That’s the awesome part.”

The video has received more than 180,000 views on YouTube (and growing) and has been shared widely across social networks, topping the videos page on Reddit.

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The tune is the latest to emerge as the Saudi women’s driving campaign is underway. But Fageeh says he’s just “a comedian, just someone who aims to make people laugh.”

More than 60 women reportedly took to the streets on October 26 to protest the driving ban, despite strict warnings from the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

Earlier this week, Saudi student and amateur singer, Rotana Tarabzouni released a cover of 16-year-old singer Lorde’s powerful ballad Team.

“This video is a salute to any woman brave enough to stand up for her right and follow her dreams despite cultural barriers, and a nudge to all those who are on their way,” she said.

On October 26th Saudi women will take to the streets and drive their cars in protest of the prohibition on women driving. This video is a salute to any woman brave enough to stand up for her right and follow her dreams despite cultural barriers, and a nudge to all those who are on their way.

On #Oct26, and everyday. I hope we all drive, dream and stand up. We are on each other’s team!
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Call all the ladies out
They’re in their finery
A hundreds jewels on throats
A hundred jewels between teeth
Now bring more girls in
Their skin in craters like the moon
The moon we love like a brother, while he glows through the room

Dancin’ around, our rights we yell
Dancin’ around, our rights we yell
Even the comatose they’ll hear the rights we yell

We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to drive free
Living in ruins of the palace within our dreams
And you know, we’re on each other’s team

We are kind of over getting told to throw our hands up in the air, so there

And everyone’s competing for the rights we will receive
‘Cause what this palace wants is release

We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to drive free
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know, we’re on each other’s team

We are kind of over getting told to throw our hands up in the air
We are kind of over getting told to throw our hands up in the air

We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to drive free
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know

We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to drive free
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know
We are on each others’ time
We are on each others’ team
And you know

We are kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air,

Original Source: http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/no-woman–no-drive–saudi-comedian-releases-musical-protest-on-women-driving-ban-170757345.html?vp=1