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The Spice Girls of Afghanistan

On the one hand, I kind of hate posting about things going on in the Muslim world when they don't have any direct connection to Jews or Judaism. It always makes me feel like I'm suggesting that everything Muslim is … Read More

By / November 3, 2006

On the one hand, I kind of hate posting about things going on in the Muslim world when they don't have any direct connection to Jews or Judaism. It always makes me feel like I'm suggesting that everything Muslim is inherently important to Jews because the two Abrahamic religions have some kind of built-in, unstoppable, and presumably antagonistic relationship, which I obviously think is a load of hooey.

BUT! While there is nothing remotely Jewish about the following video, it would be a crying shame not to share it with the world. The Burqa Band is Afghanistan's first all-girl pop group. Salon's Broadsheet blog describes the lyrics thusly:

Against a raw beat, the vocalist chants a sardonic ditty in choppy schoolgirl English:

"My mother wears a burqa, my father wears it too. I have to wear a burqa too, the burqa it is blue. When you wear a burqa you don't know who is who, if you want to meet your sister, it can be your uncle too."

Happy subversion! In the song, the veil doesn't so much segregate the genders as render them indistinguishable. At the end of the song, the words even wreck the logic of courtship:

"You give me all your love, you give me all your kisses and then you touch my burqa and do not know who is it."

but honestly, reading the lyrics doesn't come close to witnessing the incredible weirdness of the video.  You kind of have to just watch it for yourself:

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