Monday, August 24, 2020

#kufiyaspotting: Roy Wood (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard)

Roy Wood (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard) sporting a kufiya, at The Village Underground, New York, March 2002. Shared at by member El Reet. Courtesy my pal Tim. (Not sure who the guy on the right is.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Me at the George Floyd rally in Fayetteville

 Somehow I made it into the front page photo for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's reporting on the George Floyd rally in Fayetteville, held at the Town Square on June 2, 2020. In case you couldn't tell, that's me on the far left. My t-shirt says: Abolish ICE, and it's from DSA. 

#kufiyaspotting: Village Voice, June 2016

Cover of the June 21, 2016 of The Village Voice, whose Murdochization and eventual shuttering I very much regret.

#kufiyaspotting Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison & Gaza

I grabbed this off of twitter in November 2019, and I can't find the original tweet, sorry. Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison is a Palestinian American and a Bernie Sanders 2020 VA State Delegate & National Delegate to the DNC. I'm pretty sure she's got her son on her shoulders. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

#kufiyaspotting: Zebda, L'Arène des Rumeurs (1992)


The cover of the 1992 release from the great French band, Zebda. Released during the height of the Palestinian intifada. David fighting Goliath, 1992.  

Their name, Zebda, is Arabic for butter, or "beur" in French. "Beur" is slang in French for those of Arab background. The band is multi-ethnic, but its vocalists are the Beurs Magid Cherfi, the band leader, plus Hakim and Mustapha Amokrane.

For a flavor of the band, check out the first track from the album, "Arabodub."

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

#kufiyaspotting: Kobi Farhi of Israeli metal band Orphaned Land




Orphaned Land were founded in 1991, led by Jaffa-born singer Kobi Farhi. Mark Levine discusses them in his book Heavy Metal Islam, and he calls them an "Oriental death-doom metal" band. Their orientation is very much about peace, and according to Levine, they have lots of fans in the Middle East outside of Israel. Kobi is Ashkenazi, the band's lead guitarist until 2014, Yossi Sassi is Mizrahi (Libyan-Iraqi). Given their political orientation, I don't regard this use of the kufiya as appropriation, but rather a signifier of solidarity/identification with Palestinian/Arab culture. I'm not much of a metal head but I respect Mark Levine's opinion about their virtuosity. Here is a YouTube video of one of their songs, to give you  flavor of what they do.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

USA Patriot Kufiyas: 1776 and anti-masking

I'm sorry, I didn't keep track of the source, but the first image has been posted via rightwing websites and social media outlets. It's interesting, as it combines imagery of the USA patriot of 1776, in his tricorne cap, with the kufiya, often worn by rightwing militia types in the US, as I've documented in previous posts. The second image (again, I didn't keep good records) shows some armed men, exercising their 'free speech' rights not to wear masks and to carry guns in a USA café, spring of 2020. 

#kufiyaspotting: Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot in the 2012 Broadway Revival of Jesus Christ Superstar

Someone finally told me about this.

It appears from the images I've looked at that Tim Minchin was always garbed in a black-and-white kufiya scarf for his role as Judas Iscariot in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.

I guess the kufiya must have figured as a negative marker? I don't know, I've not seen the show. In any case, here are a couple photos of Minchin in his Judas role. 

Wise Men (Christmas) -- Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Abaih

 From his book, Khartoon.

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