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Hamed's Talk about his stencils in Beirut

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I've already pointed out in the Arabic Ahwaa the Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou3 Leila [Leila's Project] (Respect!). I mentioned their song Shim el Yasmine [Smell the Jasmine] which is love song to a man who leaves to get a conventional marriage while the singer is left thinking of what could have been.

But take a look at the vocalist's (hot beard, huh? :P ) graffiti work in Beirut.

One of his, which he discusses is:
مين شاذ؟
أمك شاذة
أنا مثليّ

Who's deviant?
Your mom's deviant.
I'm a homosexual.

There's at least some positive media for some of us in this part of the world.

  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2

    I think it's pretty awesome and impressive! Also, quite bold of Hamed to be doing it this way. Very positive indeed and think that there should be more of this sort of inspirational and good (controversial) work.

    Thanks for sharing this, BlueS.

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  • 25-34_m_w_h4_f4

    Courageous. Kudos for sharing this.

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    Nice video. I could be mistaken but I think Lebanon is the only Arab country where someone can get away with this. I'm in Saudi where being an outspoken gay advocate is unheard of.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f4

    Is it possible to get more translation? I don't speak Arabic. :(

    • 17-24_m_b_h3_f1

      I'll translate the song for you:

      شم الياسمينة
      ودق والدبس بطحينة
      تذكر تذكر... تذكر تذكرني
      لك ياخي أوعى تنساني

      يا حبيبي يا نصيبي
      كان بودي خليك بقربي
      عرفك عأهلي
      اتوجلي قلبي
      أطبخ أكلاتك
      أشطفلك بيتك
      دلع ولادك
      أعمل ست بيتك
      بس إنت ببيتك... وأنا بشي بيت
      لك والله يا ريتك
      ما بعمرك فلّيت

      وشم الياسمينة
      تذكر تنساني

      Smell the Jasmine
      Taste the sweetness in my bread
      Remember, remember to remember me
      Please don't forget me.

      My love,
      I wanted to keep you close,
      to show you my family,
      to give you my heart,
      to cook your food,
      to clean your home,
      to spoil your children,
      to be your wife.
      But you're in your home... and I'm in some home.
      I swear I wish
      you never left

      The jasmine,
      forget me,
      the jasmine,
      Smell the jasmine,
      remember to forget me.

      That was incredibly emotional for me to translate. :-/

      Don't we all go through that? I don't want my ex to forget me, I wonder what things would be like in years to come. I hope others don't go through experiences as difficult as those, but like my ex just said yesterday in a phone call, "Things happen to change the taste of life, just like spices change the taste of food." I'm glad he still calls to say hi, so many years after it got ruined because he wants a wife and children.

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    • 17-24_f_w_h3_f4

      Thanks so much for translating!

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    • 25-34_m_a_h4_f4

      thats was pretty accurate good work

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f4

    What a sad song. :(

    Recently I broke up with a guy because he wanted all of those things. I wasn't ready to settle down and have a family yet. And I feel so terrible about it. I wonder how much I'll regret this later on...

    I pray a certain ex doesn't forget me. I'd be so hurt. It's horrible but I hope he doesn't find someone until I completely move

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  • 17-24_m_w_h3_f1

    Great band! Great music! Great graffiti! Thanks BlueS!

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  • 17-24_m_w_h3_f1

    Btw, I've attended Mashrou3 Leila latest concerts in Cairo! It was sold out, and I was on a hill outside the theatre jumping on grass! It was powerful!

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  • 17-24_m_w_h1_f4

    love sinno's work. been a fan of mashrou3 leila for 2 years now, and it's really just a cherry on top that hamed is out and speaking for us. much respect.

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  • 35-50_f_w_h3_f4

    Hamed is out? I thought he was just a supporter of queer rights. Good to know this, this band is really cool.

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