Let the fireworks begin; Nancy is in town!

18 May, '06

Nancy's in town, and everyone is waiting for a couple of parliamentary members' brainfarts

The last time this young lady came to Bahrain, we had parliamentary and street riots, with people lying on the roads leading to her performance venue, quite a number of burnt tyres and scuffles with police, all apparently planned and executed by Islamists in parliament and the street. Ironically that was one of the few occasions in Bahrain’s recent history where both Sunni extremists as well as Shi’a both came together to form “the Nancy Opposition Movement.”

The concert did go ahead, but Nancy was so scared that she didn’t dare show skin (and she could show plenty!) but chose to wear jeans and a very conservative top. It must have been very stifling creatively for the lovely siren, being restricted with those close while performing.

No matter, the important thing is that it was Nancy – and no one else and I say that with hand on heart – that started our real democracy and the fight for personal freedoms rolling, and it hasn’t stopped yet.

Now, everyone on the island is expecting a repeat of the previous experience three years ago, and I know people would gladly pay through the nose to thumb theirs at the Islamist dimwits who everyone expects to create yet another unneeded and unwarranted ruckus.

The cartoon in today’s Al-Wasat is quite apt, and also demonstrates quite plainly that some MPs are in it for their egos rather than the good of the country, or even worse, some just cannot separate parliamentary work and that of religious preaching.

The guy in the cartoon is calling an MP (most probably the usual posse of Islamists/Salafis/Wahabi: Mohammed Khaled, Jassim Al-Saidi, Adel Al-Moawdah – though he’s been rather subdued of late – Ali Mattar, Abdulla Al-A’ali, and the rest) and saying “Hello, Mr. MP, Nancy Ajram returned to Bahrain, get prepared as this is your game!”

I’m putting my money on Nancy to win by a head. What’s yours on?

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  1. cnm says:

    While we await a brainfart from our mp’s on the return of Nancy Ajram.. I would like to turn attention to my favorite MP Khaled Mohammed and his recent brainfarts on devil worshipping by ‘rich, well off, private school Bahraini students’…in compounds, the desert and private villas.. with heavy/death metal and alcohol!!??!.. whats even more amusing is the fact that he claims he has spoken to 2 ppl from the upper class who have ‘confessed’ under strict anonymity.. who is he kidding here? they confessed to him of all ppl.. is it because he provided them with absolution for their sins?
    MOhammed Khaled leaves me in fits of giggles everytime I open the paper..

  2. MooDy says:

    Hahahahah , nice 1 Mahmood …
    i bet on the Bunny …
    and hohoo … Lovely Background ..

    cheers m8 .

  3. Adel says:

    Last time the Sunni Salfis brain farted on Agram in parliment and the stupid Shia Islamists took the fight to the street. The organisers last time where green at this stuff, and made a big mistake choosing the venue in Bahrain Exhibition Center near Sanabis, if it was at a differen’t place nothing would have happened.

  4. Anonymous says:

    if it weren’t for the womanizers and saudi and qatari players, I would have gone to the concert, the kind of people going there just to drool over her body instead of enjoying her good music makes me stay at home tonight.

    Let’s hope the MPs and extremists manage to stop this event, only for the reason of stopping the wrong people going there, ahahahahaah.

    On a more serious note, MPs should be gathered in a BIG pit, have gasoline poured all over them and a match thrown into that pit, that would be a great display!

  5. Adel says:

    Anon if you think Only Saudi and Qatari and as you put it womanizers drool over her body then you are from another planet. A lot of families go to these concerts and many children would go if their families could afford the ticket.

  6. Adel says:

    I bet you some woman drool over her too, haven’t you heard of what happens in our girl schools.

  7. mahmood says:

    Adel you piqued our interest.. come on, tell us what happens in our girls schools!

  8. Adel says:

    Come on you know, just ask any girls high school teacher and she will tell you tons of stories of girl girl relationships and love stories.

  9. Anon2 says:

    Come on you know, just ask any girls high school teacher and she will tell you tons of stories of girl girl relationships and love stories.

    yes. I hear yeah…continue… 🙂

  10. Anonymizer says:

    Thanks Adel for your input, you are right. I was just trying to emphasize that these players are the ones who disrupt many other families from going to enjoy such events. And you’re right about high school students lesbianism, as there is the same thing going on in boys’ schools, the school system in Bahrain is a joke. But who’s to blame for such anomalies?

    From now on, I am the Anonymizer lol

  11. mahmood says:

    I don’t know any Adel, I’m at a disadvantage here, so come on… out with it!

  12. E-man says:

    First of all, everyone is entitled to do whatever he/she wants. However, no one has the right to impose his or her opinions on others.

    In my opinion, Nancy and the new generation of singers, probably find it hard to be distinguished unless they show a bit of a flesh to spice things up, and to cover up any defects in their singing as an art. So we are not dealing with an art anymore, but excitement, more or less, if not ultimate, sexual in nature, according to Freudian theory.

    In my humble opinion, this is part of the debate, to sexually liberate or to sexually educate. I am totally against sexual liberation and I think that Nancy is nothing but that.

    NB. Nancy is from Lebanon, according to my friend she is a Shiat! Will she get the passport too :D!

    NB2. It is wrong to generalise regarding what happens in schools. I am sure there things that happen, but it does not mean it is the norm.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Go nancy shake them titties!!!

  14. tooners says:

    I think Nancy is Christian. Nancy is a Christian name and I’m sure that I read this some place.

    Most new artists/singers do nothing but show their bodies. It’s big business and gets the albums sold. Look at Christina Aguillera (sp?)… she just posed semi-nude in GQ’s lastest edition.. and she has a new CD out… what’s sad is that she has a great voice. But, she loves to show her assets.

    There are too many artists out there that can’t sing so they use the sex to sell their music… Nancy isn’t the best singer, but I like her.

  15. mahmood says:

    HOW DARE YOU TOONERS? NANCY IS THE BEST THERE IS BAR NONE!

    What absolute cheek!

    Lemme see if I can get one of her bestest songs and put it up with the post to educate the people to her vocal qualities, now that they saw her physical ones, which are delicious I might add.. the voice, the voice that is! ;>

  16. Aliandra says:

    Tooners;

    I think that’s true for some, but not all. Look at Celine Dion, for example, who’s become very famous without making herself into a “pop tart”. Once they start dressing up in that hooker chic, they’re seen as vapid twits.

  17. MooDy says:

    agree with Aliandra …

  18. tooners says:

    Aliandra,

    I completely agree! Celine is an excellent singer – she has amazing vocal range – and I so admire her for not stooping down to that level. But she’s one of the very few who haven’t. Honestly, I sit here and can’t come up w/ that many who haven’t done it.

    I was only speaking of the girls that can’t “really” sing and they sell their bodies as a way of getting noticed. There are many… one that particularly comes to my mind in the Arab world is Ruby! hahaha, what a joke.

    But, as I sit here and think about it, seems like a lot of singers have gone to that strip tease affect. Shame really. I used to really love Mariah Carey but every time I see her, she looks worse than the time before. Fabulous voice though!

  19. E-man says:

    the only thing i could say, is that supporting such twits in general, is in fact, degradation of the taste of art. she might have a good vocal, but the vocal is not everything in art. I even question her vocal.

  20. z says:

    Hi all, this is my first comment on this rather must-read blog. In light of riots and art – any idea why DaVinci code is playing in Bahrain yet? The Sony website states Bahrain will be among the first to show.

    You think religion has something to do with the fact that this controversial movie is still under wraps?

  21. Joker says:

    Celine Dion is not an excellent singer. Celine Dion can put a techno dance raver to sleep.

    Nancy Ajram.. much respect 😉 last time you came here we figured out lots of things we were underestimating.

  22. PORSCHE ADDICT says:

    good day to you all, and i wish every one a pleasant weekend. the debate in question, is are our “law makers” turning into a morality police. do we as an isaland nation, want to project an image of hate, anger and violance. do we wish to be riducled in the international media, as “backward people”. Bahrain, has been know for its pleasent people, and openness to other cultures and religons. why do these people at this day and age, choose to over indulge themseleves in religious ferver, and self interpretaion of religous doctrine.

    nancy, is a talented young star, and she is not to blame for outrageous actions on the streets of our fair land.. we as a nation, want to encourage tourism and investment for the sake of prosperity, and not drive them away.. we are not living the middle ages and we do not call people “heratics” and burn them on a cross.

    morality police, that is a farse.. do want to live in a society where the norms are dictated by a few “over zelous” so called community figures. that sucks big time, i need a good dose of caffine just to survive this weekend and i am struggling with the idea that all hell might break loose just because she gave the so called “community leader” a booner. get a life, and let people live theres.

    kawa bunga dude, its a wipe out..

  23. Lujayn says:

    Regardless of these women’s ability to sing or not, if adults wants to watch them “sing” in interesting outfits, then its up to these adults, not a bunch of clerics and hot-headed men. These women are subject to the age-old rules of supply and demand . Obviously there is a great demand for skin, and they are supplying it. Obviously the clerics and the hot-headed men are a minority and there is a far greater majority that wants to see Ms. Ajram and company.

  24. tooners says:

    Mahmood,

    I think Elissa is a much better singer than Nancy Ajram. But Nancy has this flair or sassy attitude that draws ppl to her. She’s cute, but I don’t think she’s all that great of a singer… but hey, I don’t really listen to her that much, so what do I know!! 🙂 I do like her videos tho.

  25. Ingrid says:

    Sorry people..never heard of her. And as for that backdrop pic, only in the ME could that pose an uproar. Cosmo magazines and other women’s mags show sometimes a whole lot more too. As for the singing part..who said that Celine Dion can’t sing!!?? Been to a concert and she can sing even better live (hey, that was a brainfart Celine not singing ha! lol)
    On the whole, just think..there’s going to be some excitement in town…(concert, uproars, media opinions…blog post…)… And if she is Lebanese, well, that would explain the skin part…(said Ingrid who sees a lot of lebanese performance posters in her middle eastern stores)
    Ingrid

  26. From a guys perspective I don’t find Celine Dion all that much to look at, so I am not sure what she would gain by flashing some skin like some others. To each his or her own perhaps? Her (Celine)vocal range is fantastic and to me her success is true and based on talent and not how good she looks in this months issue of SPIN.

    I only know of Nancy by reputation. Can anyone send me a clip from one of her songs?

  27. mahmood says:

    z, thank you for your kindness. According to our GDN, it states that “Sony Pictures Entertainment wanted to investigate concerns about piracy” hence delayed the screening to May 31st. And yes, you will see the whole family at the top of the queue because we’ll start queing around, oh, May 25th maybe!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I think she’ll win too, Mahmood. But not by a _head_.

    I don’t rate her as a singer, but she looks cheeky in
    a way that appeals to me. I hope the gig is a success.

    Scott

  29. mahmood says:

    tooners, that was said completely with tongue in cheek!

    Having said that, I do enjoy both actually. I’m not concerned with “reputations” or social stigma attached to one singer or another, if I like the tune, then I like the tune, end of story and I don’t particularly care whatever someone else thinks.

    If I had to evaluate every singer morally before accepting or enjoy their songs, then the only one left in the world would probably be Donny Osmond at the start of his career, and I detest Donny Osmond!

  30. mahmood says:

    Oooh, dirrrty. I like! ;>

  31. mahmood says:

    CW, this is for you:

    And when you’re done with this one, go here for a whole lot more.

    Enjoy!

  32. Ingrid says:

    Mahmoud, Donny Osmond and his sister Marie had their own talk show for a while and he was actually quite funny. There is this show ‘Fear Factor’ and he was on it with some other celebs..by the sound of it, he’s quite a daredevil..but I hear you…no donny or any Osmond songs!!
    Ingrid

  33. tooners says:

    i’m a little bit country….. i’m a little bit rock ‘n roll !! 🙂 aaahhh, donny…

  34. Mahmood!!

    Thank YOU!!!!!

  35. Sherifah says:

    WOW, it never ends… On a more possitive note:

    The Philadelphia Inquirer had a nice article on Muslim women fashion.

    Fashion for the devout, not dourClothing options for Muslim women come into vogue.

    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquir…on/ 14595736.htm

  36. Wow, she’s a cutie
    ,and also must be a very powerful woman.

    Capable of starting riots!

    Also a subject for concern for MP’s in Bahrain’s parliament?
    Bahrain must be a utopian heaven to have this as a serious parliamentary issue.
    😉

  37. Will says:

    I am not sure who the author is but it seems to apply

    “One day a wag — what would the wretch be at? —
    Shifted a letter of the cipher RAT,
    And said it was a god’s name! Straight arose
    Fantastic priests and postulants (with shows,
    And mysteries, and mummeries, and hymns,
    And disputations dire that lamed their limbs)
    To serve his temple and maintain the fires,
    Expound the law, manipulate the wires.
    Amazed, the populace that rites attend,
    Believe whate’er they cannot comprehend,
    And, inly edified to learn that two
    Half-hairs joined so and so (as Art can do)
    Have sweeter values and a grace more fit
    Than Nature’s hairs that never have been split,
    Bring cates and wines for sacrificial feasts
    And sell their garments to support the priests.”

  38. Ingrid says:

    Well, probably not Donny
    Ingrid

  39. Jared in NYC says:

    Will,

    I think that’s from “the devils dictinary” by Ambrose Bierce”.

    Jared

  40. mahmood says:

    so she’s come and gone and no demo? no burning of flags? no people lying down in the streets to prevent people from going to her concert? no riot police? no broken bones? no imprisonments? no religious overtones? no nothing????

    COME ON! THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING, NO?

    Where the blazes were the morons hiding on this one then? Mo Khalid where were you? Chasing “devil worshipers” around the island again? Well his WIFE was doing a concert (as you would regard her that is, and you would be seen within 10 miles of the young lady because the tend in front of you and the wet patch would have given you up!) Where were you Adel Al-Moawdah? You have been very subdued and silent lately, what’s going on in that skull of yours? Saidi.. Saidi.. oh sorry, you’re busy printing out one more of your sectarian press releases – or more appropriately brian farts…

    So where the hell were those Islamists hiding from Satan’s wife?

  41. PORSCHE ADDICT says:

    on this morning’s breakfast show, in the arabic pop station “94.8fm” they played a lovely version of nancy’s song with a child singing along. the woman is quite cute, and she reminds me of “maralyin monroe” which is too cute to be true.

    they is no harm in self expression, as long as you dont hurt youself and others in the process. what kind of “public representatives” do we have that sit around and poke there nose’s where they dont belong. its an out cry, “devil worshiper’s”, this year and who knows what is going to keep them busy next year if!!! nacncy decides fly in for another concert. we are in a country where, islam is the main religon and the whole middle east follows suit, but when nancy has a concert out off town, we dont hear dubai has riots to ban her, they are also muslim’s who tolerate other religons.

    “brain farts”, that should a complete course at a university level to eliminate it from society. to uproot, brain farts a comprehensive study and have in print to be criulated and used against such “farts” and may be infoce it by law, and give them a dose of there own medicine.

  42. Sadek says:

    Mo Khaled was at home trying to come up with another press statement for the week. Last week it was devil worshippers, the week before the F 16 that was captured in mid flight by extra terrestrials, and the week before that on finding ways to flog journalists that mention his, and his friends’, antics. Alternately, he may have been down at Seef, drooling infront of the lingerie dummies.

  43. Kevin says:

    I was wondering who she was. Her billboards were some of the few in Bahrain that aren’t in English and Arabic.

  44. Anarchist says:

    I wonder if the venue had anything to do with the lack of demonstrations. It’s a lot easier to riot outside a mall in Seef as opposed to a 5 star hotel in Juffair.
    Just a thought . . .

  45. mahmood says:

    Could be, Anarchist. But in any case people have no right to impinge on others’ freedoms nor their pursuit of happiness.

  46. Mike says:

    Is this the lebanese woman who is responsible for more operations then Hezbollah?

  47. Khalid says:

    ^ ROFL hahaha you cracked me up man. I think the answer to your question is yes.

    I be you our lovely MPs enjoy her as much as others do. All I can say is, “Welcome Back Nancy”.

    If I was in Bahrain, I’d probably go.

  48. Pro-Freedom says:

    If only more Arab women were like Nancy. Over here in the “decadent” West, I have to contend with the “abaya-is-feminism” morons. Like why are they here?!

    *mad*

  49. Adel says:

    Soon Haifa Wahby will sing to MP’s and say Kiss My WAWA.

  50. juju says:

    what’s this wawa? (serious question)
    most annoying song ever, and i only heard 5 seconds of the song.

  51. Adel says:

    usually when a small child or baby gets a cut or bruise his parents say come I’ll kiss your wawa so it gets better, but when Haifa sings it I bet most men minds go to other places.

  52. christine says:

    How I long for the day when women don’t have to wear itty bitty clothes to achieve fame or make some sort of political statement. 😉

    That said, I don’t think Nancy Ajram wears anything too itty bitty.

  53. hamed says:

    I L0VE Nancy Ajram

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