Tuesday, February 23, 2010

THE KULHAIFATHUM OBSTRUCTION - DLP [by raafat majzoub]

This text is written by Raafat Majzoub [the same guy who wrote our biography]- check out his blog: http://leit-mo-tif.blogspot.com, and suscribe :)
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The age of being born, is dead. Talent is dead. Prophets are boring to negligence, dismissed upon their attempts of communicating Nirvana. We are no longer born gifted, we are made. You still don’t like Haifa though.

The peacock-nosed-born-ingeniously altered feast is the new Leila. Haifa has become a household exclamation mark, question mark, comma and full stop, and still is riveted with the connotation of Arab deterioration. People, it’s all about Darwin. In a world where the Opera House in which Oum Kolthoum fluttered was burnt to make parking space for illiterate drivers may not and cannot criticize this product. It is invalid.

1.
Haifa is not here to replace Oum Kolthoum, if anything, she is of the lineage of Souad Hosni. So, Khalli Balak Min Zouzou, and give me a break. I do not understand the acceptance of this, not that. Most of the arguments I get would be, “but Hosni was an actress, so it wasn’t necessary for her to have a good voice”. *beep* Haifa is an actress, now what?
~silence.

Ok, seriously.. now what? Is that it? Nomenclature. Well, ok – then Feiruz is the diva of the reminiscent dull – we still like her – Dalida is the tacky glitter and broken Arabic – we still like her – Egyptian black-and-whites have the most luscious extravagantly erotic belly-dancing, and five-year-olds are allowed to watch. What is this all about? Cleavage? Drugs? Sex?
Look around, thank you.

2.
It seems to me that, in herself – in her essence, Haifa is not the issue. The problem lies in a social chunk – the middle east – that is potty trained to live in the past, to not-do instead of do, to think instead of to execute, and get married instead of buying contraception. Fuck you. Yes you, fuck you – and not the nice fuck you.. the one that you moan to, the one that you like.. no the Fuck you.. the rape fuck you – the one that’ll screw your psych till you fucking drop fuck you; this Fuck you.

3.
Let’s keep Allah off Melody Hits and the likes, this will not be tagged “haram”. If anything should be taken into a juridical dimension, let’s take Haifa, the product and test it. If it works, you shut up.

_woops, it’s already done..Haifa works. And no, it’s not because sex sells, although it does, but a lot more erotica was put into ‘projects’ that died after their first pilots. Ehm, Najla? So shut up.
Now for the readers that are unzipping to AbdelHalim and Asmahan, please do not let me interrupt you – and as a mitigation to “heads off” me – this is not at all about music. Haifa is not about music. She is not about the tick-tack-toe of melody, nor the conservatoire reps, nor the breakthroughs in goose-bump production. Haifa is a cultural product, parallel to any other cultural produce with its own set of rules and regulations that it is liable to.

If we want to blow this out of proportion, Haifa is one of the few of our products that actually worked, besides the shisha. What have we done, as Arabs, since our Golden Age? I’ll tell you. We
A. exported everyone intelligent
B. threw stones at people that felt like thinking
C. put titles on each other so we would know who to kiss and who to shoot
D. made more lines on our atlas to know just exactly where we end and where we begin
E. called onto people beyond the oceans to teach us how to shit
F. made more mosques, more sheikhs to tell us bad things about America the devil
G. are running out of petrol, with nothing else in mind
H. etc. is an understatement

So yes, my lovelies, it is not about Haifa, it is about this ridiculous phobia of the unfamiliar, of the unpracticed, the unattained and the failure to launch into a system that is not supported by gossip and contacts. It is this, the Kulhaifathum Obstruction, the haphazard orientations to invalid references to camouflage a lack of analytical or production capability, that kept us is keeping us and will keep us from ever doing anything. Fuck y*some text missing*

15 comments:

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  2. Brilliant.
    I have to admit, I never thought of it that way...

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  3. Well written and elegantly put.

    But let me ask, it is about Darwin? Randomness and progression are not the same.

    What is your solution to the lack of critical thinking in the dogma-infested streets? Do you suggest more Haifa, or progressive art like Mashrou3 Leila? Or both. Or perhaps, as you put it, cultural rape.

    - another (semi) anarchist

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  4. well, for one - i am against anonymity. i am not against role play though. anyways, back to the point;

    DARWIN
    this argument comes in with the highlight of the change of context. the 'cultural produce' is directly linked to that. so as a species, it is bound to reform to cater to/survive in this new context.

    so it comes to this multifaceted change in the ways people think - the increased urge to consume, while at the same time losing consumerist orientation, makes it easier to belong to a 'dogma'.
    but
    then again, this does not mean that people that listen to/watch haifa are mal-infested in any way. it just means that haifa, as product, is viable..and just like any other product must attract criticism - but then it is the criticism not the product that i would penetrate with dogma vs. progressive;
    i.e.
    instead of knocking haifa off with a nipple scandal, i would go for a creative-decision oriented analysis which would therefore push haifa forward (evolution)
    and
    instead of comparing haifa to mashrou3 leila, which is fairly random - propose a best-of-both-worlds collaboration.. with what you would like to see of each, grab yourself a la7mb3ajeen and enjoy

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  5. i can't tell you how much i agree with you..i really can't! oh let me try again: i agree with you whole heartedly..BUT BUT BUT not the haifa factor! oh please not the haifa factor..haifo does not represent change mashrou' laila does and i love it..elissa/nancy/carol/kfoury etc.. represent change and we love them..haifa's ' thing' is all about jerking off- men like to jerk off watching haifa, women hate their men to jerk off watching haifa..yet haifa is extremely beautiful so what to do..let's slag of whatever she's trying to present..haifa/hosny analogy uhaa one of them is talented and cute the other is a sex goddess..so don't go there. please.

    i thank you for this beautiful post keep em coming.

    salam-

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  6. opinions are made of chocolate gummy bears, the more the merrier.. are you trying to say hosny is not a sex goddess? and that being a sex goddess is not a talent? or that elissa is not jerkoff material..etc etc..? ok - i said what i wanted to say, now back to gummy bears

    salam(at)..

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  7. khaled abul naga...

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  8. Dear Raafat,

    I prefer to be anonymous. After all, everyone you see on the street is anonymous in a way. What's in a name? Foreplay is not just good, but also a necessity.

    All these singers, like Haifa, do not represent anything new. What is different now is a slightly more open tolerance to sexuality. This is what has evolved. The society is still obsessed with beauty, perfection and sex appeal. Now we're just more accepting of premarital sex, homosexuality etc...

    But you see, this is not progression. Dogmatic thinking also exists in the secularist circles. There has always been secular thinking in the country, primarily amongst the Maronites and Sunnis. The ones with all the money. The ones who left the others to be poor...out in the rain. These people are just as dogmatic as their poor, religious counterparts.

    The kind of progression I am referring to is a complete overhaul of our values, social dogmas, beliefs and everything in between. Wipe the slate clean. Quantum leap. One way to come about this is through art, music and science - everything which the country lacks.

    Terence McKenna put it simply: "culture is not your friend"

    - An enemy of cultural and (semi) anarchist, but you can call me Joe

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  9. hi again,
    i'm gonna be scientific about this (aesthetically at least):
    1.i like your argument-haifa is not new, but haifa exists, which brings us to
    2.energy wasted via friction against haifa can be used to produce art music and science, i think that was my point initially
    3.people on the street are not anonymous, i just dont know them factually, but all of them, in my head, have stories- that's roleplay not foreplay except
    4.if i like them
    5."culture is not your friend", 100% ! it's your product, not your friend
    6.(i like six, so i'll just keep it blank)

    the thing is, haifa is not THE breakthrough. i am arguing how her existence seems to freeze the crit bubble into a game of paintball- and how it should not.
    so let it be, what haifa has over 'art, music and science' is that her agenda is communicated - the other side of the spectrum just hangs on to an 'underground' costume - very comfortably oozing potatoes on their respective couches.
    and what happened by the way? i think we were past this...'cultural rape' it is

    cheers, whatever you feel like being

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  10. Hello Raafat,
    I see your point now. Point 2 has clarified things very well.
    As for point 6, if you follow Nietzsche's way of thinking, you can create something, some sort of meaning out of the 'nothingness' of life.
    All the best, keep these posts coming

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  11. but what i get from nietzche, usually, is the lack of interest in 'things' - so [nothing], [something] and [everything] need to be revisited.
    but for now, as gogol would assure us..*PARTYPARTY!*

    :)

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