Rock el Casbah

13 February 2011

We were having a discussion about a song to mark the January 25th uprising in Egypt. Rachid Taha’s Arabic cover of The Clash song was my choice.

He’s Algerian, and rather than write a couple of hundred words of cultural commentary I’m going to let one of the comments posted on the video sum it up for me:

Rocking the Casbah from _within_ the Casbah. And in Arabic, too! No wonder the Clash loves him. He’s bringing their song to the people for whom it was written.

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