Country music is outside TBE’s usual musical purview, so maybe we’re coming a little late to this: Egyptian-American singer Kareem Salama’s lyrics aren’t a particularly exemplary example of country as a genre, which is traditionally associated with the American fellaheen. But Salama’s video for “A Land Called Paradise” does tug at the ol’ heartstrings, in the truest country tradition.
More US/Middle East music news (featuring media darling Kanye West) after the jump:
We’re not sure susceptibility to objectification should be the sina qua non of integration into mainstream US culture, we were interested to hear Kanye re-flip the classic Phife verse from “Electric Relaxation.” Instead of rapping, as did Phife, “I like’m brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian,” Mr. West goes with “I like’m brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Persian” on Jamie Foxx’s otherwise forgettable Digital Girl remix. Kanye’s verse starts around 3:04.