Boy George

A small soundtrack to leaven our reading of the news from Syria.

George Wassouf, “El Hawa Sultan“, from his 1984 album of the same name. This track was cut when George was a young teenager performing in Al-Kafroun. The boy is feeling it! (I’m going to guess that his maximum tite band is, however, composed of adults—unless there’s some mystic tween arab orchestra we don’t know about.) I’m not entirely sure what wee George is crooning about, but I believe he’s explaining that love is the sultan of the heart. Tru Dat! Romance in Ottoman Lands!

[For all the tanzimat kidz who prefer something a touch more modern, check this bonKers spaz-pop from Hoda, “Zakya Ya Zakya“. Babies gurgling, robots burping, twelve dozen drummers & synth players on Libyan trucker speed, and when the band starts chanting “Basha / Basha / Basha” we come full circle to our shared Ottoman heritage!

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Apologies, just noticed that we had typed “check this boners spaz-pop”. Should have read bonkers. We regret this error?! Freud is in tha buildingz!

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2 Responses to “Boy George”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Why does this file say I’m the only person that’s listened to it?! (“Total views: 1”) This site is internet gold. I wish more people were here.

  2. René Says:

    الهوى سلطان الهوى سلطان
    elhawa sultan elhawa sultan

    love is sultan love is sultan

    يا عاشقين الهوى سلطان
    ya 3ashekeen elhawa sultan
    hey lovers love is sultan

    أشكي للزمان ويقللي الزمان
    ashki lelzaman w y2olli elzaman
    i complain the time & the time replys

    على القلوب الهوى سلطان
    3alal oloob elhawa sultan
    love is sultan on hearts

    الهوى سلطان الهوى سلطان
    elhawa sultan elhawa sultan

    love is sultan love is sultan

    على القلوب الهوى سلطان
    3alal oloob elhawa sultan
    love is sultan on hearts

    يا حبيب قلبي يا حبيبي يا غرام
    ya habib albi ya habibi ya gharam
    my heart love my love my passion

    يحرم عيني عيني عيني مالمنام
    yehrem 3eni 3eni 3eni elmanam
    my eyes are sleepless

    فرحة فؤاده بليالي سهاده
    farhet foaado be layali suhado
    my hearts happiness are in the sleepless nights

    عذابو راحه وانا بصراحه
    3azabo rahaa wana bsaraha
    his/her torture on me is the rest.. & i am frankly

    قلبي بعذابه كتير فرحان
    albi b3zabo kteer farhan
    my heart in his/her torturing are very happy

    الهوى سلطان الهوى سلطان
    elhawa sultan elhawa sultan
    love is sultan love is sultan
    على القلوب الهوى سلطان
    3alal oloob elhawa sultan
    love is sultan on hearts

    أنا جيه طيفو آه يا عيني لو يغيب
    anage teefo aah ya 3eni law tegheeb
    i call his phantom ooh my eyes when he/she absent

    أشكي أشواقي أشواقي للحبيب
    ashki ashwa2i ashwa2i lel habib
    i complain my yearnings my yearnings to my love

    أحن لعذابو لقسوة شبابو
    a7n l3zabo l2swet shababo
    i miss his/her torture for his/her tough youth

    عذابو راحه وانا بصراحه
    3azabo rahaa wana bsaraha
    his/her torture is the rest & i am frankly

    قلبي بعذابه كتير فرحان
    albi b3zabo kteer farhan
    my heart in his/her torture are very happy

    الهوى سلطان الهوى سلطان
    elhawa sultan elhawa sultan
    love is sultan love is sultan

    على القلوب الهوى سلطان
    3alal oloob elhawa sultan
    love is sultan on the hearts

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