Saudi women sing, Baby I can drive my car

Saudi women sing, Baby I can drive my car


norman lebrecht

June 26, 2018

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.


  • Allan Kozinn says:

    Proving once again that nothing is Beatle-proof.

  • william osborne says:

    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: