Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why Does Every Single Khaliji Thinks He Is A Poet?

It's not secret how much the Arab people love poetry, much of our history has been documented by poets and storytellers. In fact, most of what we know about the Arab history is something we read in books of poetry. Even the poetry that came prior to the arrival of Islam is still treasured by Arabs.

Fast-forward to modern day Arabia and the Gulf, it seems that being a poet is the next best thing. For some reason every young and old soul in that region claims to have written some poetry. Some even write collection books, and pay big bucks to promote their words. But most recently  the big names have been booking top stars to sing their poems.

Worse, it also seems that top poets pay someone to be a ghost writers for their poetry books. There's a certain stature that comes with such fine words, that elevate the level of any given soul. Poets are taken more seriously than others. I recall my early childhood days in Dubai where people peruse other poets and sit with them to hear from their writing.

That's right poems are not turned into songs lyrics and are given for free to pop stars who turn them into mostly unnoticed songs. One of the names that get a lot of lyrical poetry sent to her is Lebanese Diana Hadad pop star, who seems to have a hard time saying no to anyone who sends her a song and a paycheck. While there are so many great poems that have received a great song treatment, most of these songs feel flat and lack a good melody to go along.

Other names are Saudi Rashid Al Majid and Iraqi Majid El Mohandis who hide out and keep their recording sessions secrets because they do not want uninvited guests to drop by their "best" poems to be turned into a song by this artist of that. And there is that Saudi female poets that pays Lebanese pop stars and funds the music video for the sons that they wrote.

جديد اغنية ديانا حداد - ما تنتصر بالحب 2013


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