Saudi women sing, Baby I can drive my car

On the day that Saudi women finally won the right to drive, the Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash has issued a Middle Eastern arrangement of the Beatles classic. The singer is Nano Raies, a Syrian.

I think I prefer it to the original.

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  • In a sense, this is Western art music going back home. Much of its initial impetus was derived from the Crusader’s contact with Arab music, which at the time was considerably more advanced. It is a wonderful tradition largely overlooked in the West. The cello and oud duo of Maria Magdalena Wiesmaier and Nabil Hilaneh shows a synthesis of the two traditions:

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