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BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« on: December 07, 2013, 01:33:40 PM »
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When singing songs by Umm Kalthoum, the legendary Egyptian diva, Jennifer Grout can easily deceive even the best-trained ears.

She's an American with no Arab roots, who speaks only a few words of Arabic, and yet her singing barely betrays her identity.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25263304
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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 11:03:12 AM »
She's pretty awesome, as both a singer and an oud player

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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 12:04:27 PM »
very good!
next time she needs to shake the shoulders a bit; she's got the voice.
i applaud her for going cross cultural - quite a leap!

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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 01:48:56 PM »
It's misleading to say that she has no roots/background at all:

""I speak a little bit of Moroccan dialect because I lived in Morocco for about a year, but I still cannot communicate with people in Arabic in Lebanon. Eventually I'd like to work on that," she says."

^From the same article. While I understand Moroccan Arabic is very different, it's not like she's a beginner that's had no Arabic exposure at all.

And a lot of comments I saw on it were pretty unhappy about her, along the lines of "it's Arabs Got Talent - she shouldn't win/be there/etc."
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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2013, 06:53:44 PM »
And a lot of comments I saw on it were pretty unhappy about her, along the lines of "it's Arabs Got Talent - she shouldn't win/be there/etc."

Notably, however, she is the sole competitor performing classical Arabic music. All the Arab singers are performing Western music/songs.

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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 08:36:11 PM »
And a lot of comments I saw on it were pretty unhappy about her, along the lines of "it's Arabs Got Talent - she shouldn't win/be there/etc."

Notably, however, she is the sole competitor performing classical Arabic music. All the Arab singers are performing Western music/songs.

Come on, Neil, be serious.  The show is called "Arabs Got Talent", not "Arabs Got Arab Talent". 
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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 02:09:15 AM »
And a lot of comments I saw on it were pretty unhappy about her, along the lines of "it's Arabs Got Talent - she shouldn't win/be there/etc."

Notably, however, she is the sole competitor performing classical Arabic music. All the Arab singers are performing Western music/songs.

Come on, Neil, be serious.  The show is called "Arabs Got Talent", not "Arabs Got Arab Talent". 

[don't we have a slaps head icon anywhere around here?] Of course, you're right! Whatever was I thinking??  :-[
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Re: BBC - American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2013, 03:16:22 AM »
In my opinion, if you sing Oum Kalthoum, and you sing it well, you're a winner, hands down.

Do you want to get an Egyptian to freeze whatever he's doing? Play an Oum Kalthoum song. Nuff said!
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