Music and Politics

Z-Word has an interesting piece on the complexity of cooperation between Arabic singer Natacha Atlas and Israeli singer Yasmin Levy.  In an interview for Abu-Dhabi’s English newspaper, Atlas tried to explain why many Arab singers would not work with a Jewish artist, even if he/she were not Israeli.  Levy was quite shocked by this remark.  Ben from Z-Word points out that the fact that this discussion was published in the newspaper is significant:

Both freely express themselves in a newspaper published in an Arab Gulf state, where journalists are more prone to depicting antisemitism as a political fabrication, rather than a genuine phenomenon.

And that, as they say, is where the real story lies.

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