Unintentional self-beclowning of the day

Uniontentional self-beclowning of the day:

(And yes, I know competition is very tough in that department)

Via Conservative in the Closet, here it is:

A Kuwaiti singer, Ima Shaha, sang the Hebrew song “Hava Nagila” at a recent concert – much to the consternation, and condemnation, of many in the country. The 28 year old singer said that she wasn’t fully aware of the meaning of the words, but rejected charges that the song contained an “insult” to Arabs, and that it was simply a song that called for peace and co-existence.

Kuwaiti government officials and Muslim leaders have rejected her position, saying that she was introducing “Zionist values” in the country, and that her use of Hebrew in a Muslim country was in itself an insult to Islam.

OK, just so we understand, what do the lyrics of “Hava Nagila” mean?

“Come and let us rejoice, rejoice and be happy

Let us sing and be happy

Wake up brothers, wake up brothers!

Wake up brothers, with a happy heart”

Yes, but of course there must be raaaaacist Zionist “code words” and “dog whistles” hiding here. Maybe freshwater fishes, malamutes, stoats and weasels can help the Arabs out in finding them 😉

Music geeks only, click below the fold:

Conservative in the Closet comments: “Even the very chanting of a minor key, Jewish hora can penetrate Arab brains and melt their internal organs, but not before the dastardly Zionazi melodies shrink their penises to the beat! It’s true!”

Heh 🙂 A pedantic  amateur music theorist (such as myself) cannot help pointing out that  the melody is technically not on a minor scale but on a “fraygishe shtayger” (the Yiddish name for what musicians know as a “major Phrygian dominant scale, a.k.a. “Phrygian mode with a major third”, a.k.a. “Flamenco scale”, a.k.a. “Jewish scale”). As CintheC correctly notes, this scale sounds very dark (because of the minor second), even though it is technically  “major” as in having a major third.

Western classical composers often go for it if they want to create a “Middle Eastern” feel. An example of a rock song in the same scale is “Forty-six and two” by Tool. (alternate fan video; “300”-themed fan video).

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