Saturday, 15 October 2011

Om Kalthoum: "Enta Omri" vs Guns n' Roses: "November Rain"

This is not the two-hour version, alas, but here is Om Kalthoum (or Om Kalsoum, Om Koulsum, Om Kalthoum, Oumme Kalsoum or Umm Kolthoum depending on your transliterative preference) performing "Enta Omri" in Paris, 1967, and this video provides captions of the lyrics translated into English. Razia gave us a mind-expanding comparison between "Enta Omri" and Guns n' Roses' "November Rain" on Wednesday night - a seriously apt comparison.

Please now head through the doors of perception, where you'll hear Axl Rose's ode to his miserable divorce from supermodel Stephanie Seymour, "November Rain":

1992. Man. I remember forcing myself to stay awake until 1 am on a school night so that I could hear "Civil War" debut on commercial radio. Those were the days.

Can we also get a "Hell, yeah!" for the YouTube commenter who points out that those who were physically present on the ground with Slash during the filming of his climactic solo could actually hear nothing except the helicopter and the plinking strings of Slash's unplugged electric guitar. Now that, my friends, is a headtrip.

EDIT: Just to be clear - Razia wasn't saying that "November Rain" was influenced by "Enta Omri", just that you could often find the same sentiments from popular Middle Eastern music expressed in similar terms in popular Western music.

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