Fayrouz is for the people.
The legendary Fayrouz - arguably the biggest Arab diva of all time - has released a song for Gaza as tensions between Israel and Palestine are high following the opening of the US embassy in occupied Jerusalem. The song titled Eela Mata Ya Rabbou (Till When, God?) was posted by her daughter to the singer’s YouTube channel, and it already has more than 60,000 views.
In the song, Fayrouz begins by saying "Till when, God will you keep forgetting me, till when will you keep looking the other way ... till when will my enemy prevail upon me? Who are oppressing me, killing me, celebrating, while I am depending on your mercy.”
The video is equally powerful; the Lebanese icon is wearing black, with an image of Jesus in the background and Palestinians being shot at as they are protesting, and mothers crying over their children’s bodies. Deep.
It’s not the first time Fayrouz is "for the people" – her famous song Zahrat Madaen, released 50 years ago and also about occupied Jerusalem, and has become an anthem in the Arab world. She has also sung about Lebanese nationalism, creating a great emotional bond with the Arab people.
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