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The post from the other day offered a mini soundtrack for reading the news from Egypt–but I suspect you can’t cover much news during a three minute pop nugget… This longer composition, from the classy heartthrob Abdel Halim Hafez, allows more time to cruise yr fav mid east blogs.

An Egyptian professor once told me that this song, “Habibati Man Takoon?“, was one of the last Hafez recorded–and never performed live–and so carries a certain mystique among Egyptian music fans. It’s about thirty minutes long. Let it develop. Johnny Greenwood told me it was better than Radiohead.

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