Hip-hop music has become popular in the Arab world since a few years in places like Palestine, Lebanon and Morocco. But today, it is also a reality in the supposedly less flashy country of the whole area, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Qusay, a Saudi-born musician who has lived a few years in the USA before he came back to the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), is the leader of a band calledThe Legend of Jeddah. Their last CD has been an unexpected success.
Obviously, rap music in KSA does not come from the ghetto. Performing in places like the economic forum of Jeddah and adopted by the prestigious MTV Arabia, theLegend of Jeddahhas nothing to do with "gangsta rap" music.
On the contrary, its clean hip-hop music can be seen as a perfect advertising for a modern KSA, far away from the clichés of islamic radicalism and moral rigor, something Qusay himself explains in great detail in his various interviews for the Arabic press.
Still, the Legend of Jeddah rappers make clear that things are changing in the KSA. For instance, their greatest hit, the Wedding, is a slightly ironic parody of the local traditions, with a wedding party which almost becomes postmodernist when Qusay starts singing, nicely mixing modern rhythms with traditional tunes.
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Oppressors, You can blindfold me, you can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
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