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Hmm, again with the 'Square' thang.Anyways, wonder who knows any bit-let of information about this oddball-looking female singer who takes more than the job of a back-singer on stage in this roster of videos? I guess she's a leftover from the band 'Rum' with Tareq Al-Naser. I once saw her taking a rundown-'n'-rusty Toyota "Coaster" bus to Jerash maybe ten years ago: she was released from being part of that uber-band Rum ever since she's done nothing there at that band but hold a plastic tambourine or shake some jungles here and there. Oh, and yeah: she shrieks a lot. (Doubt on me she's a lesbian, but who gives anyways? We're not her underwear. Amirite?).Details asides (and bitter-lime schadenfreude, too), I am sure as Sin on Sunday that Jordanian bands (not "Jordan band", mind), have few if any credits at being good sound-makers, let alone... bands be these rock or not. All over the Arab world, young musicians have tried to make good music that can be "parallel" to that of the West (an Eastoxification of some sorts), and they had failed miserably. One of the few bands that did cross the line between amateurism and professionalism was the Moroccan band of Brothers Mergi: they truly gave out some good numbers in the late 60's and all through the 1970's until they disbanded in the late 80's. Within the next 20 years (1990-2010 ~ now), there wasn't a single band from the Arab world that you couldn't shake a stink-stick at. There actually was none of these in all reality. Rock music does not exist in these parts hereyonder.This is not an essay, nah. I'm just stating facts that most listeners are utterly oblivious to and/or ignorant to even begin to intake the first molecules that can make you understand or start to know what exactly makes a band sound 'rockish' enough to be... a rock band? The Arab world suffers direly from all that is post-80s commercial music; the sounds that the last 30-something generation has grown to hear. And the po-po-mo (post-post modernity: a ballyhoo label if any), seen nowadays which most of those older generations of musicians did not have the privileged to consummate or even initiate, has made it all the worse for those younger ones; starting from MySpace Music and ending with Twitterpated stupes who want to be heard by being just... online! And oh! YouTube? I mean... How so? Plug it in live, babe and you have a band!What a drag.Last off: Read this erm, review done by a fellow blogster>> http://sweetoology.blogspot.com/2012/07/rotanas-parallel-universe-arabic.htmlIt starts oddly with bands from Jordan. The label? Alternative Arabic Music! Oh yeah? Oh yeah. Quoting now:"“expression by music is part of a constant strive to understanding our people...always and everywhere.. but from these banks of the river..the river of Jordan..known by all of the Abrahamic religions and taken hostage by all history's politicians...my home.. .is where am starting...” he proudly says..." The he in question is none other than the troglodyte lead-singer of El-Morabba3 Band. Trust me, he should consider a job at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs And Awqaf if he cares enough to do so. But, alas... most of those self-monikered 'Alternative' singers are either neo-Marxists with nothing to read and no-one to lead, or Islamists who rap and roll as if it's the Crusades all over again. Call it Islamarxism? I even read once that they refer to this new form of Arabeology (Arabology-Ideology, mind), as Marxlamism. Lamism, indeed.Here in Jordan and neighbouring countries, there is a huge, widening rift of jarring-effects ideologies. The same goes for music. It's invisible. Why? Because people are ignorant, over-educated, and dumb... normally so.This isn't music. Period.H.H.