From Art for a Change blog in the USA:
Shams (Arabic for “Sun”) is a popular female Kuwaiti singer who has just released a controversial song titled, Ahlan Ezayak (or “Hi! How are you!”).
Accompanied by a slick MTV-like video that lambastes George W. Bush and his occupation of Iraq, the song has become all the rage in the Middle East.
Shams croons in the Khaliji style, one of the most intoxicating and seductive genres in pop music today, and yet most Americans have not heard of it – even as U.S. soldiers sink ever deeper into Arab sands. …
The fact that Shams is Kuwaiti, a people who have been the biggest supporters of American policy in the Arab world, makes her video all the more inflammatory – an indication that the Kuwaiti/U.S. romance is over.
And indeed Ahlan Ezayak is a song about love gone sour, “Hi! How are you? – You think you’re so great, I never want to see you again!”
The video opens with Shams singing to a moronic looking digitized George W. Bush at a press conference held on the White House lawn.
The gathering quickly becomes an opportunity for the singer to publicly announce, “I’m not your relative, I’m not your sweetheart.”
The video then dissolves into a subversive montage involving the singer, Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as Shams sings her song of broken love – “Whether you hurt my heart or adore it, I refuse you. Go buy yourself and get away from me.”
The surreal video depicts Shams confronting her veiled self in a police line-up, lying down in front of the White House on a wall made of letters that spell “GUANTANAMO,” cutting the strings of powerful marionettes (there’s Tony Blair!), and boxing in the ring with Condoleezza.
Even the Statue of Liberty can’t help but dance to that funky Khaliji beat.
There’s more, dare I say, “feminist” sentiment and rebel rage in this video, than in all of the current rock and hip-hop video’s of today put together.
The music video by Shams is, from The Nation, here.
And by Juan Cole on this: here.