This is one artist I’d like to learn more about. There is a good concise description of what she does over at a site called Oriental Tunes:
Tania is a young Lebanese singer and songwriter who represents something new and surprising in the world of the Arabic song, in music style as well as content. Her songs emphasize the importance of both the tune and lyrics and combine simple texts with sophisticated musical arrangements. They have a message of rebellion and a call for change, cynical criticism of society and daily life and tackle themes never dealt with before in Arabic songs, such as globalization, woman’s condition, love and revolution.
(Although the phrase “tackle themes never dealt with before in Arabic songs” might be a bit of an exaggeration – certainly we know some exceptions to that “rule”…)
I first found out about Tania Saleh at the blog Mepop, in a post about the concert/event Khalass! – Together to Save Lebanon.
I also found a very good video:
P.S. Would love to get a translation of her lyrics sometime.
P.P.S. The Web site listed in this video is the site for the Lebanese National Resistance Front. Originally said to be the armed wing of the Lebanese Communist Party (though the info I am seeing is not unanimous on that), this group has represented an alliance or a coalition of secular, mostly leftist groups that fought against incursions and occupations by the Israeli government/military. It declined over the past couple of decades, due to internal divisions as well as violent conflicts with Hezbollah (and due, some would say, to the fall of the USSR, though that might be a relatively minor factor); but it apparently reemerged somewhat in the recent battles between Israel and Lebanon.
Just thought I’d mention that, in case anyone reading this blog who might out of curiosity research that Web site would get squeamish about guerilla groups fighting in a national struggle who don’t always do nice things. Though I imagine anyone who’s regularly read this blog wouldn’t be so shocked by that…