Mo here from Zerobridge and current Fulbright Scholar, reporting to you from Tangier, Morocco, exploring today’s question, “Do Arabs rock?” Yes, they do. I witnessed a crazy show by the Moroccan Metal band called WANTED in the Cinema Rif. The place was packed. Young Arabs wearing crazy hoodies and Korn and AC/DC t-shirts, rocking out. The young Arab rock fans here are no different from the routy, bored, confused teen rockers in America. Yet, there is something really cool and special about seeing a girl wearing the conservative head covering (Hijab) who throws up the universal Metal/Rock sign with her hands! Such is not your typical image of Arab, Muslim youth, yet the Arab world is dynamic and rich and in the world of music and art, Western and Middle Eastern actually can co-exist and communicate with one another, case in point: Metal music, (music originating in West), being played by young Arab-Muslims in Morocco. Or even visually, you can see this when you see a young Arab metal head walking around in a Korn t-shirt. I asked the band about the status of Rock music in Moroccan-Muslim society and also their thoughts on America and the world. I hope you take the time to hear what these Arab youth are saying. It might surprise you.
These are awesome,peace loving, practicing Muslims who love to play rock and roll. Great players. Hope you dig.
Cheers from Morocko,