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Shaaban Abdel Rahim: Trump’s actions provoked me to sing “Trump has gone mad”

Saturday 16/December/2017 - 12:39 PM
Sada El Balad
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“Sada El Balad” website honored this Wednesday one of Egypt's most iconic popular music artists، Shaaban Abdel Rahim، popularly known as Shaabola، after releasing his latest song entitled “Trump has gone mad”.

Shaaban revealed in a seminar that Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel provoked him، and made him sing “Trump has gone mad”.

He added that he phoned poet Islam Khalil، and asked him to write a song about the situation، only to be surprised that he finished writing it، he immediately recorded the song on the same day and released it on the next.

Abdul Rahim also spoke about his opinion on Trump، and said that he thinks that he is a wrestler wrestling John Cena.

Shaabola revealed that he records his songs in one day، noting that he owns a small studio in his house، adding that he takes the lyrics and adds the composition، and launch the song as soon as possible.

He added that he always releases his music on his own account and do not take orders from anyone to sing a particular song.

He pointed that song “Trump has gone mad” had gained wide popularity in Egypt، and outside of it as well، adding that someone called him from Canada and thanked him for the song.

Director Sayed El Shaer released “Trump has gone mad” YouTube on December 9، and the song is currently ranked no.45 on middle east trending list. 

US President Donald Trump announced formally that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital، on December 6.

As soon as the policy was announced، Palestinian leaders renewed earlier calls for mass demonstrations to protest against Mr. Trump's decision، and the Israeli military made preparations for Thursday that will likely include street closings in central Jerusalem، Global Times reported.

The Palestinian reaction، and the reaction of allies and sympathizers in the Muslim world – Turkey، Jordan، Saudi Arabia and Egypt among them – was one of disappointment and anger. All condemned Mr. Trump's decision.

Noteworthy، a pioneer in the Sha’abi، or popular، Shaaban Abdel Rahim had taken his music genre of music far by adding the politically-fueled lyrics in it.

Songs such as “Bakrah Israel” (“I Hate Israel”) which caused significant clamor. Sha’ban also worked on several musical plays and on series such as “Samhooni Makansh Asdee” (“Forgive Me، I Did not Mean to”). He also sang on the film “’Afareet al-Asfalt” (“Spirits of the Asphalt”).

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