Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Song by Revolution Records Broaches Current State of the Egyptian Revolution

Revolution Records includes an array of talented musicians

The latest single from 'Revolution Records' is titled May3rafsh Skoot - ميعرفش سكوت and addresses the current situation of the revolution in Egypt.  Here is the video clip which includes subtitles in English and Arabic (

Performed By Revolution Records / Wasla Band.  
Intro : Mohamed Afran.
1st Verse : Rooney Hoodstar
2nd Verse : Ahmed Rock
Chours : Mohamed Afran
3rd Verse : Temraz
4th Verse : C-Zar

Wonho Chung's Big Arabic Stand Up Show in NYC (Aug 8)

Wonho Chung - one of the Middle East's best known and beloved comedians - will be performing one night only in NYC on Thursday, August 8, 2013. Wonho will perform in Arabic. This will be the first show ever headlined by a comedian performing in Arabic at a mainstream NYC comedy club. Tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets at

Wonho Chung is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, singer, musician, interviewer and media personality. Born to South Korean and Vietnamese parents, Wonho was raised in Jordan speaking Arabic as his mother tongue. His fluency in the language of the region and immersion in its culture from childhood have given this multi-talented entertainer a unique Asian-Arab perspective, enabling him to make a strong connection with audiences in that part of the world.

Wonho's comedy career began in 2007, when Showtime Arabia approached him to join the 'Axis of Evil' comedy tour as the North Korean character they were looking for. Wonho toured with the revue for a month, performing 27 shows in front of 20,000 people in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon and Dubai. His subsequent first television appearance came in Show Comedy's follow-up mini-series to that tour, titled Three guys and Wonho, which won a golden trophy at the 2008 Promax BDA awards ceremony held in Dubai.

Here are two clips of Wonho's stand up from his TV Special (with English subtitles): and

Wonho Chung's NYC performance will include special guest: Ali Al Sayed - Dubbed "Dubai's King of Comedy" by Ahlan magazine, Ali has appeared on MBC, OSN, Dubai One, BBC and more:

The show is hosted by Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah - one of the stars of Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil" special and seen on numerous TV shows including ABC's "The View," "Comics Unleashed," VH1's Big Morning Buzz, and he can be seen weekly on CNN.

Show Details:
August 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There is a 2 beverage minimum for all attending.
Tickets available exclusively via Brown Paper Tickets at or by calling 800-838-3006

Nabeel Abu Ata Lauches Drive to Improve City Services in Amman

Nabeel Abu Ata launches to improve city services

Nabeel Abu-Ata is young man from Jordan who has started a citizen-driven drive to improve city services in Amman.  In this dynamic 5-minute video (with English subtitles) he proposes municipal improvements from recycling to improved transportation methods (

To find out more:
The Arabic version of his site
The English version of his site:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Fetish Systems: Daring Book by Raafat Majzoub Now Available Online

Fetish Systems is a critically acclaimed work written by Raafat Majzoub, one of Lebanon's most promising young authors.  It is now available (to read or to buy) through the author's brand new web site at

The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers.
Free Preview Available via Google Books.  Click here.

Also check out Raafat Majzoub's Blog (Playplace) titled leitmotif(s):

Fetish Systems is an autobiographical love letter of impotence. it is the pompous imaginary grace after a hysterical loss of of everything;the stepping out of self to look at it from a third person perspective, only to step back in, and narrate a processed first person dysjunct epiphany. the narrator refuses a present tense, hence starts nowhere to end nowhere, in avoidance to admit, in search of an alternative to the optical reception of the real; shies back into itself, into words - not language - to weave a non-place, where everything comes to go.

يروى الكتاب على لسان راوي يحدث نفسه وعشاقه في ماضيه، حاضره ومستقبله وهو ينسج شيئاً فشيئاً سيرته الذاتية عبر قصصه وأحاديثه مازجاً حقيقته وخياله. لا يقدم الكتاب رواية لها تسلسل زمني واضح، ولا بداية، حبكة أو نهاية، بل يمهد في توزيع فقراته حالة الراوي الفكرية والعاطفية بالخطاب المباشر مع القارئ الذي بدوره تتبدل شخصيته في القصة مع تبدل الفقرات. للكتاب أيضاً منحى صوري، بحيث يتم توزيع الفقرات والكلمات على صفحاته بطريقة غير تسلسلية مصمماً على إضافة بعد حسي على المحتوى الفكري المطروح.

(Arabic Summary and Description of the book by its author; taken from his blog entry. Click here to see original entry).

This book is not only daring and courageous; it is also beautifully written, powerful, and difficult to categorize within established literary genres. It is also impossible to forget.

The work seems to function as an autobiographical account that reminds the reader of a love letter, written without regard to time, space, chronology or traditional (expected?) plot development. The result could have easily been chaotic and alienating (and it is, but in an empowering way), yet Majzoub's style of writing keeps the reader interested, curious, often uneasy, but always fully involved in the 'narrative.' We often feel courted by the lyrical quality of the work and the questions that arise--centering on narrating the self, on questioning the alleged impotence that seems to define the work as a whole--ultimately leads the reader to turn inward in an attempt to recuperate the validity of one's own "fetish system."

I absolutely recommend this book and its author, Raafat Majzoub, seems destined for greatness. The only cautionary remark I would make is to toss your inhibitions and pre-expectations aside and to approach this book, perhaps like its jilted lover, in a manner that will enable you to go on a journey that begins nowhere, and ends nowhere. This voyage to and from nowhere is worthwhile, to say the least, and the work as a whole--written by one of Lebanon's most promising young authors--will leave you deliberately uneasy, cleansed, transfixed and transformed.

Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Stanford University

Check out Raafat Majzoub's blog (which he aptly describes as his 'playspace') at for musings and creative commentary by this thoughtful/thought provoking writer.

pg. 82 | Fetish Systems

I want to take my camera and leave here for a while,
I want to accidentally drop my phone and step on it, then
instinctively, elephant stampedes – wild horny elephants –
run towards me, their tusks penetrate the air around me,
fertilize it into wind – elephant stampedes, grey flat feet
munch pieces of the ground, plunge in resonance with this
frequency of self – to step on my phone, for I do not want
to talk to people, and other things – including you. I need
to – now – get lost, with my camera, where we would only
talk of clutches with ticks, I would press its hulk, sweat on
it, then wipe the lens blur with my shorts – shorts I would
take off – alone with my camera – and whatever we do,
stays within my focal, its focal, whatever we do, is mine and
its own – whatever is almost nothing, in my inside, where
nothing synonyms everything.

You can also listen to audio samples/reading from this great work at

Here is one sample reading by Hamed Sinno, the lead singer for Mashrou' Leila: 

You can listen to more audio samples/reading from this great work at

Check out teh author's dynamic new web site at

10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube (Click here)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's  Arabology  podcasts  are now available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes. Additionally, al...