Mohammed Assaf banned from performing at FIFA World Cup

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The invitation to Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf to sing at the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer has been rescinded.

Ramallah Press conference Feb13, 2014

Gaza City, Palestine  press conference Feb 11, 2014

Flocked by fans and admirers at a press conference in Gaza City on Tuesday, Assaf said he was prevented from performing at the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony by “states and other actors ‘unknown’.” Assaf also said that Shakira, also scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony, will protest FIFA’s decision by refusing to perform as well.

News publication Emirates 24/7 , of Dubai Media Inc., the official media organization of the government of Dubai, is reporting Shakira, is boycotting the ceremony. 

Arab Idol singer Mohammed Assaf says he has been banned from singing at the opening of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and that the Colombian singer Shakira has decided to boycott the ceremony in protest at the ban,

Assaf, a Palestinian living in Gaza Strip, wrote on his social network page that he has just been notified about the decision cancelling an agreement with him to sing at the World Cup, which will kick off in June.

“I have been banned from singing at the World Cup opening in Brazil by some countries and parties which I do not know,” he said, according to the Saudi daily Sada and other regional newspapers.

“This decision has prompted Shakira to apologize from singing at the ceremony,” he added without giving further details.

The significance of FIFA’s invitation to Assaf, issued directly after the announcement he had won the Arab Idol competition, cannot be over stated. It signaled his talents and meteoric rise that quickly followed were recognized not just within the Arab world but to much wider audiences and the emergence of Assaf on the global stage.

That seems like a long time ago now, especially after his whirlwind North American tour sweeping audiences off their feet. It remains to be seen what kind of pressures will come to bear on FIFA after the news of their disastrous decision permeates the mainstream.

But whatever the outcome one thing is certain, there will be no holding Mohammed Assaf back, his destiny as a global superstar, is already sealed.

Visiting the beach in Gaza Feb 2014 (photo: Muhammad Ferwana)

Back home in Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine  Feb.9, 2014 (photo: Muhammad Ferwana)

Unfortunately Mohammed Assaf was not able to perform in Gaza during his recent visit. Although concerts were planned and approved by Hamas’ Ministry of Culture their Ministry of Interior did not approve the plan. 

In other soccer news, the Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub is calling on FIFA to expel Israel for failing to abide by its conventions, and said the PA would ask FIFA for Israel’s expulsion from the organization.

From the Jerusalem Post article, PA to ask FIFA to expel Israel:

“We will demand the expulsion of Israel from FIFA and the International Olympics Committee,” Rajoub told reporters in Ramallah.

He said that the Palestinian demand for the expulsion of Israel would be presented to FIFA during the organization’s next conference in June.

Rajoub also called for international recognition of the Palestinian Football Association as a national Palestinian organization.

He said he would seek the backing of Arab ministers of youths during their upcoming meeting on March 14 for the demand to expel Israel from FIFA.

He said that Iran, Qatar, Oman, Jordan,  Algiers and Tunisia have already pledged to back the Palestinian demand.

Rajoub claimed that Israel does not want the Palestinians to have their own national sports entity and seeks to break the Palestinians’ athletic will.

Thanks to Phil Weiss

(Previous Mohammed Assaf coverage on Mondoweiss available here)

43 Responses

  1. kalithea
    February 13, 2014, 4:45 pm

    Shakira can teach Scarlett a thing or two about class and integrity.

    Well, we all know who the unknown parties and countries are! The long arm of Zionism reaches everywhere I see.

    Buy Assaf’s music! No doubt FIFA and the IOC should ban Israel until the war crimes, Apartheid/racism cease.

    Assaf should request an investigation into the parties involved in sabotaging his invitation to perform at the World Cup. This move to ban Assaf from performing smells vile; like bigotry, envy and pure hate rolled into one.

    • Walid
      February 14, 2014, 3:10 pm

      “Well, we all know who the unknown parties and countries are! The long arm of Zionism reaches everywhere I see.”

      Not necessarily, kalithea, eventhough it’s a given that the Zionists despise Assaf for the hope he is providing to the Palestinians. The whole story is sourced back to Platinum Records of the ME, that according to Assaf got the news from FIFA and passed the information on to al-Arabia and from there, everybody started spreading it. So Assaf never got a call personally from FIFA and he’s reporting what has been told to him.

      Last July, the Chief of FIFA on a tour of the WB to encourage Palestinian sports said he would invite Assaf to sing at the opening. It’s looking like this story did not get any farther than that with FIFA.

      Platinum Records (ME) (that organized Assaf’s tour and release of his album), al-Arabia TV station, and the broadcasting rights to Arab Idol all belong to the same parent Saudi company, MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Corporation) that’s headquartered in Dubai.

      I think Assaf is being taken for a ride on this story, especially by involving in it Shakira.

  2. bilal a
    February 13, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Assaf should wonder who his friends are:

    “Documents published in Electronic Intifada reveal that the Amcha Initiative, a group lead by UCSC lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and UCLA Professor Emeritus Leila Beckwith, infiltrated and spied on an Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) delegation to Palestine and Israel. One attendee of the July-August 2012 trip, which included students from UCLA, UCSC, and UCI, passed information onto the Amcha Initiative including private Facebook posts made months after the trip. This individual may have broken OTI’s participant agreement by sharing personal information from confidential student reflection sessions. Amcha Initiative members compiled this information in a 30-page document assessing the “threat” they believed OTI posed to the Jewish community. Amcha may have passed this report on to other unknown individuals and organizations.”
    link to change.org

    AIPAC’s dual nature has an earlier parallel:

    Most party members lived in that public world of American communism. They had no connection with, or even knowledge of, another world.” But there was also a secret world where the party “was also a conspiracy financed by a hostile foreign power that recruited members for clandestine work, developed an elaborate underground apparatus, and used that apparatus to collaborate with espionage services of that power.”
    link to johnearlhaynes.org

    • ToivoS
      February 13, 2014, 8:51 pm

      What utter dreck bilal. This link is just rehash of the extreme anti-communism that characterized politics in the US during the 1950s.

      • bilal a
        February 16, 2014, 11:31 am

        No, Verona and opening of soviet files re-balanced the scholarship on this era. Try not to be ideological.

  3. MahaneYehude1
    February 13, 2014, 5:43 pm

    I am very sorry to hear that an excellent singer like Assaf won’t sing at the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I hope that Israel is not behind this decision.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 13, 2014, 6:30 pm

      me too mehane. there’s a few months til the ceremony. hopefully someone(s) will have a change of heart.

    • talknic
      February 13, 2014, 6:36 pm

      @ MahaneYehude1

      Uh? If you really think anyone’s going to believe a person who has an obviously fake personna and who continually lies on behalf of Israel’s illegal expansionist policies, you need to see a shrink spud.

    • kalithea
      February 13, 2014, 7:10 pm

      “I hope that Israel is not behind this decision.”

      And what if Israel or one of its many agencies is? What will you say then?

      • mondonut
        February 13, 2014, 10:38 pm

        @kalithea

        What if? In the very comment you declare that you know exactly who is behind the decision. Spit it out.

      • Justpassingby
        February 14, 2014, 3:23 am

        mondonut

        israel of course, slow?

      • amigo
        February 14, 2014, 8:37 am

        “And what if Israel or one of its many agencies is? What will you say then?”Kathilea.

        He will say nothing just as he did when Israel blamed Palestinian Farmers for the price tag attacks.Israel claimed the Palestinians did not do enough to protect their property,(The madness of zionism).

        I hauled mehane up over this several times but he still refuses to castigate the GOI.

        He is a fraud with a fake persona( 2 at least) and is not to be trusted or believed.

    • just
      February 13, 2014, 8:39 pm

      cui bono, Mahane?

      Alice Walker redux– only worse.

  4. American
    February 13, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Assaf was invited and then disinvited….I guess we can figure out zio pressure was brought to bear either by Israel or Isr Jewish org. in Brazil.
    Just look at this other example 0f their petty character below.
    Israel refused medical access because Palestine submitted the request on stationary that said State of Palestine.
    And Israel claims they support 2 States?

    ‘Stationery Logo Pits Palestinians Against Israel’

    JERUSALEM — The latest skirmish between Israel and the Palestinian Authority does not concern settlements or refugees, but stationery.
    Israel rejected the applications of dozens of medical patients in the Gaza Strip seeking to travel for treatment in Israel or the West Bank this week because the paper they were printed on bore the logo “State of Palestine” rather than “Palestinian Authority.”
    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, ordered that the state logo be used on all official correspondence shortly after he won the status of nonmember observer state for Palestine at the United Nations on Nov. 29, 2012, over vehement Israeli objections. But Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the Israeli agency that coordinates movement and other activities with the Palestinian Authority, said that it had always refused to accept such documents, and that the Palestinians had generally complied and used the old letterhead.
    Now, even as Secretary of State John Kerry is nearing the final stages of brokering a framework for continuing fragile peace talks that started last summer, each side is accusing the other of turning a piece of paper into a political provocation.
    “We know that they have two kinds of documents,” Mr. Inbar said. “Sometimes they send us, by mistake or in order to challenge us, the State of Palestine signature.”
    Omar al-Nasser, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry, countered, “This is pressure for political reasons.”
    Caught in the middle was a 13-year-old boy, Salah Abu Assi, who has been traveling to Jerusalem for chemotherapy at Hadassah Medical Center as often as four times a month for three years. Salah’s father, Hammad Abu Assi, a pharmacist in Gaza City, said that the boy has a tumor behind his eye. A Palestinian Authority liaison informed family members on Tuesday night that they would not be allowed to leave Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing to make their Wednesday appointment, Mr. Abu Assi said.
    “We did not sleep last night after we learned about the problem,” he said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “We are afraid that the progress he has made in recent months will backfire and his condition deteriorate.”
    Sari Bashi, the executive director of Gisha, an Israeli group that advocates access to Gaza, said an average of 1,038 medical patients crossed through Erez each month in the second half of 2013, a 32 percent increase since Egypt’s new military-backed government clamped down on Gaza’s southern crossing, Rafah. Ms. Bashi questioned the consistency of Israel’s policy, saying that a medical report her group submitted recently was approved despite bearing the state logo. She called the situation “very problematic.”
    “Refusals or even delays over an irrelevant issue like the logo on a medical report can cost lives,” Ms. Bashi said.
    But Mr. Inbar said urgent cases were processed quickly. After his agency returned about 70 applications submitted Sunday on the new “state” stationery, he said, the Palestinians refiled about two dozen of them on the old “authority” letterhead, and all of those were approved.
    “In very short time we examined those applications,” Mr. Inbar said. “The other cases we are still waiting for them to send us the application as it used to be, and as our policy says.”…………link to nytimes.com

    • Walid
      February 14, 2014, 3:25 pm

      “Assaf was invited and then disinvited”

      American, it hasn’t been confirmed that Assaf was actually invited. News reported about that eventuality in al-Jazeera that Blatter said that he “would” invite Assaf to sing at the opener, but nothing was written about an actual invitation having been made. Blatter’s actual words in al-Jazeera were:

      “I’m a global citizen but my heart beats for Palestine,” said Blatter, adding he would invite Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer who won the ‘Arab Idol’ reality show, to sing at the World Cup in Brazil next year.”

      link to m.aljazeera.com

      • Annie Robbins
        February 14, 2014, 4:15 pm

        link to maannews.net

        “I was supposed to sing for the World Cup 2014, in the opening ceremony, but, I do not want to accuse anyone but some people, or states or parties, God knows who, intervened and FIFA canceled my song with Platinum Records,” he said at a news conference in Gaza on Tuesday.

        this implies there was an arrangement w/platinum records. these companies don’t just act on rumors.

      • Walid
        February 15, 2014, 12:08 am

        Annie, record companies are not beyond stunts to keep their stars’ names in the news, although I’m sure Mohammed Assaf would not be willingly party to anything like that. Besides, Platinum, al-Arabia and the Arab Idol program are all part of the same MBC group that appears to have spread the news. He sounded sincerely disappointed when he announced the rejection in the video that was suspiciously removed. I think Hamas is being overly harsh with him because of his family’s overt allegiance to Fatah. You have to account for Hamas being essentially anti show business, anti-glitz and glamour, anti Internet cafés, anti shisha-smoking places and the rest of the anti things that the religious Brothers are anti. Arab Idol projects the very opposite of Hamas’ image.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 15, 2014, 11:12 am

        You have to account for Hamas being essentially anti ….

        do mean, when one tries to figure out why, after months of news reports assaf would be performing at the world cup, one needs to account the hamas’ anti-ness – not including the ministry of culture who approved the shows? (and i have been to gaza. you can sit around tables on the beach and smoke shisha with friends and in restaurants. )

        and when you say The whole story is sourced back to Platinum Records that would excluded the words of the president of FIFA, i presume?

        It’s looking like this story did not get any farther than that with FIFA

        is this your hunch regarding what’s likely? are you speculating based on the information available posted in the article, embeds and thread, or do you know something everyone else doesn’t?

        and if what you think is true, you posit it is likely, given the president of FIFA’s stated intent, that he just changed his mind (with no input from “some people, or states or parties, God knows who” with the exception of perhaps hamas) and after months of news reports no one from FIFA got around to informing assaf or platinum records as they ran with the ball?

        that is what you think is the most likely scenario? that the invitation was likely a ‘stunt’ by platinum to keep assaf’s name in the news?

      • Walid
        February 15, 2014, 1:38 pm

        Annie, I don’t know any more than you do, but you’ll remember that I said I didn’t believe Assaf was party to anything of the sort. I didn’t say the invitation was a stunt but how Blatter’s words about inviting Assaf and FIFA excusing itself for not inviting him were used by Platinum/al-Arabiya may have been a stunt. From a non-invitation or from a promised invitation for which FIFA appeared to have excused itself for whatever reason as described by Assaf himself, the story has evolved into one that included Shakira and about banning him from singing. That in itself is a stunt.

        I like Assaf very much. 15 seconds into his first song on American Idol I knew he’d win the contest.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 15, 2014, 8:37 pm

        thanks for answering walid. yes, i totally got you like assaf, i was just wondering if we were accessing the same info. i agree that could be a scenario, i just don’t think it’s the most likely. i think it’s probable someone or ones interceded. and the reason i think that is football/soccer is very big in the arab world, they probably have several performers for the ceremony and he’s very very popular. and because i find it highly unlikely FIFA wasn’t aware it had been published many times and they wouldn’t have said something til now if there had been a miscommunication. i think it is likely the decision not to have him perform was recent.

        anyway, we both just have hunches.

  5. Daniel Rich
    February 13, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Once I tried to have a Blue Jay say ‘Hi’ every morning I went out for a jog… For one reason or another, it never did. Oh well, birds… I also stopped talking to weed in my attempts to verbally coerce it into growing on my neighbor’s soil by pointing out that ‘Hey, dudes, the grass is much greener over there!’

    It is always about silencing, isn’t it? Isn’t that a fireproof way to spot zion’s tentacles trying to strangle yet another voice of reason?

    @ Annie

    Google is a company that makes a boatload of money. It needs ‘you‘ to do so and buy this. Your [google] ‘history’ thus becomes your [google] ‘future.’

  6. Hatim Kanaaneh
    February 13, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Some decent FIFA members or major football stars should be encouraged to boycott the games unless Mohammad Assaf and Shakira are re-invited. Let us not get sidetracked with all the other side issues of logos, etc.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 14, 2014, 4:19 pm

      Hatim, believe me you are not the only one who has thought of this. we have til june and we’d like some answers. this is not going away quietly, not if we can help it.

      there are a lot of people outraged by this action.

  7. Philip Munger
    February 14, 2014, 1:42 am

    This may have more to do with the team jersey spat in Chile than with any other element.

  8. Justpassingby
    February 14, 2014, 3:22 am

    Israel is of course behind this, shame on them and shame on FIFA.
    Hopefully Shakira keeps her word.

  9. Walid
    February 14, 2014, 7:55 am

    There are some missing links in this story. The only message to have come out of FIFA was from its head last September that said that he was so impressed with Assaf that he’d invite him to sing at the opening ceremonies. The next thing we heard of this was Assaf’s announcement that he was disinvited and that Shakira will not be performing in solidarity with him. Shakira sang at the opening for FIFA in 2010, but there was no word of her singing again in 2014. Jennifer Lopez and Pit Bull are to sing at the opening in Sao Paulo this June. There hasn’t been any FIFA announcement that either Assaf or Shakira would singing at the opening.

    Video of recent interview with Assaf from Gaza, in which he describes that he has been disinvited and about Shakira. In it he says that he sang all over the world since Arab Idol except in his native Gaza and he wished the people in the audience would put in a good word for him with the “brothers” to get him the needed permission. He also mentioned that he had obtained the OK from the Ministry of Culture to sing at the FIFA but when that ministry forwarded that request to the Ministry of the Interior to grant its permission, something happened there that caused him to be disinvited. From his hinting, I felt he was pointing a finger at Hamas as much as at Israel. He announced that Arab Idol will be holding auditions this coming season at Ramallah and that he’d help all those that want to go there.

    • Justpassingby
      February 14, 2014, 8:26 am

      You seems be right, there was never any plan for him nor shakira to sing.

      • ckg
        February 14, 2014, 4:11 pm

        I doubt FIFA would seriously consider Shakira for a second time in a row. She performed last time.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 14, 2014, 4:33 pm

      walid, i mentioned in the article (w/embed) Assaf was not able to perform in Gaza during his recent visit although concerts were already planned and approved by Hamas’ Ministry of Culture but that their Ministry of Interior did not approve.

      The only message to have come out of FIFA was from its head last September that said that he was so impressed with Assaf that he’d invite him to sing at the opening ceremonies. The next thing we heard of this was Assaf’s announcement that he was disinvited

      not really. in the months between then and now there have been numerous (many many many) reports of the concert. even the nyt wrote about it. there are literally pages and pages of reports on google that include radio, newspaper, etc etc.

      one might think if this were not true fifa would have said something before now. it’s simply not true ‘the next thing we heard’ was he’d been dumped.

      and it wasn’t september, it was july i think. i recall it was very soon after he won.

      and ma’an news cited july too. some random stuff on google:

      link to nytimes.com

      “Mr. Assaf was recently invited to perform with the Colombian pop singer Shakira at the soccer World Cup next year in Brazil.”

      http://news.yahoo.com/shakira-s%E1%BA%BD-l%E1%BA%A1i-h%C3%A1t-t%E1%BA%A1i-world-cup-2014-103054064–spt.html

      link to colombiareports.co

      Colombia’s favorite pop ambassador, Shakira, will be performing in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside Arab Idol winner Mohamed Assaf.

      It will be the third time the Colombian pop princess has participated in the World Cup, after her famous “Waka Waka” was the theme song in South Africa, and an appearance in Germany during the 2006 games.

      The official theme of this year’s World Cup will be performed by Puerto Rican Ricky Martin, who returns to the games following a 1998 World Cup appearance in France.

      The Arab Idol winner Assaf was the one to break the news of his joint performance with Shakira at the international soccer match.

      Sources
      Shakira Y Ricky Martin, Al Mundial De Fútbol 2014 (Radio W)

      Radio Brazilian Zouk Fm : Wherevent – Events all over the …
      link to wherevent.com
      Mohammed Assaf With Shakira in Fifa World Cup 2014 Sunday 1 June 2014 BRASIL ACORDOU Sunday 1 June 2014, 18h00 …

  10. Talkback
    February 14, 2014, 8:10 am

    Shakira boycotting FIFA because of this is somehow more helping the Palestinian cause than Assaf singing. He should send her some flowers with a lovely card.

  11. NickJOCW
    February 14, 2014, 10:02 am

    Annie, you mention FIFA’s invitation to Assaf. Have you any idea in what manner the invitation was originally issued? Was it a letter, for instance? I am not casting any doubts on this but sometimes organizations start by making short lists, by asking a number of artists if they would be interested/free. If he was formally invited that would be quite another matter, and there would be his formal acceptance to go with it.

    • Walid
      February 14, 2014, 11:22 am

      The actual Arabic word used by Assaf was not “disinvited” but thay they said “sorry “which is another way of saying “they regrettably declined”. This fits with what Nick is saying about short lists and the “declined” could have applied to the short list mentioned.

      As to Shakira, which is much more popular than Assaf, there isn’t a word about her not singing at FIFA for whatever reason, other than what Assaf said of her; probably not even aware of what is being said about her.

      The Wattaniya TV video of the interview was removed by Wattaniya, I guess.

      • mountain peacebird
        February 14, 2014, 12:11 pm

        I got to see the Wattaniya video. I enjoyed the 2 songs Assaf performed with the Professor. Why would the video be removed?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 14, 2014, 1:54 pm

        So do you think Assaf may not have been formally invited in the first place, but rather was one of several applicants (so to speak) who was not chosen to perform?

      • ckg
        February 14, 2014, 3:34 pm

        @gladiator That is my suspicion too. To my knowledge there were never any formal announcements by FIFA until it confirmed Sony’s announcement last week that JLo and Pitbull would perform. Shakira has said nothing. From the PolicyMic article:

        “We are not aware of the Arab Idol. Details concerning the official ceremony are still being defined,” a FIFA representative said to PolicyMic in response to his comments.

  12. mountain peacebird
    February 14, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Thank you to Phil Weiss and Mondoweiss for reporting the news that we don’t get from the mainstream media here in the ‘free’ USA. I am really curious as to who, what, and why in the FIFA World Cup are so afraid of, that a talent like Mohammed Assaf is refused to perform. I applaud Shakira for supporting him and also refusing to perform. ( I did see that it looks like they have Jennifer Lopez now…. hmmm. Too bad they missed out. Lopez is OK. Assaf and Shakira would be GREAT. Maybe they can team up for a pro Palestinian concert. WOW.)
    Anyway, thru your news and the education of more Americans and the rest of the world, I can feel the planet shifting just a little. I am hopeful that those of conscience in the global community can turn the tide to establish Palestine and remove the horrific and illegal Israeli occupation.
    Thank you for the news and a voice.

  13. xanadou
    February 14, 2014, 12:35 pm

    So Israel is afraid of a pop singer…
    Israel is afraid of One Palestinian…
    Wow…

    This should be an opportunity for Anonymous to hack the inevitable gigantic screen during the opening ceremonies and reveal a monumental Assaf/Shakira duet.

  14. ckg
    February 14, 2014, 1:42 pm

    It’s remarkable that the press is reporting this story without confirmation of Assaf’s statement (or its translation) from either FIFA or Shakira.

  15. RudyM
    February 14, 2014, 4:05 pm

    It was reported that there would be an inivtation (though it’s interesting that there is not a direct quote here to that effect):

    “I’m a global citizen but my heart beats for Palestine,” said Blatter, adding he would invite Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer who won the ‘Arab Idol’ reality show, to sing at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

    link to aljazeera.com

    Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA. (Sorry, I see this was already quoted on this thread. Maybe I even first saw it here and forgot.)

  16. RudyM
    February 14, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Suggested Shakira/Mohammed Assaf collaboration: “El Huerfanito”/”Ya Habibi Taala Elhaani.” Would give Shakira a chance to sing in Spanish, and if it was good enough for Asmahan to lend her voice to, then it should be good enough for Mohammed Assaf:

    This is a relatively late recording in Spanish:

    There’s also this from a project that consciously mixes Arabic and Cuban music:

    I think it’s originally a Spanish language song, but not sure. Also not entirely sure if the lyrics have a very similar meaning. (It looks like it from some of these youtube comments.) I heard the Asmahan recording first and it’s my favorite, but competing with her voice would be no small challenge.

  17. MahaneYehude1
    February 15, 2014, 2:36 am

    @Rudy:

    Also not entirely sure if the lyrics have a very similar meaning. (It looks like it from some of these youtube comments.)

    Actually the lyrics are different but there are several resemble meanings. for instance, Asmahan sings:

    ولا عندي لا أب ولا أم ولا عم
    أشكي له نار حبك

    “I have no father, no mother, no uncle. I miss the fire of your love” (Sorry if my translation do injustice to this beautiful song).

    Fiol sings:

    Yo no tengo padre
    yo no tengo madre
    yo no tengo a nadie

    “I have no father, I have no mother, I have no one”.

    link to arz.wikipedia.org

    link to releaselyrics.com

    • Walid
      February 15, 2014, 4:36 am

      Mahane, at times there seems to be more of an Arab in you than in me; nothing at all wrong in your translation.

      • MahaneYehude1
        February 15, 2014, 5:26 am

        @Walid:

        Thanks. Since my English is not perfect, when I translate songs, I am very careful and afraid to miss the real intention of it. I sure that any translation, even of professional translators, loses the beauty of a song.

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