Those who condemns the Kurdish singer
Dashni Murad should shut up!
By Mariwan Faydullah Salihi
February 4, 2010
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — What really sickens me
for a while are voices within Kurdistan that condemn
modern and enlightened people, including some good
artists and entertainers who are brave enough to
start a 'Revolution' in our very conservative
Who hasn't read all those articles denouncing good,
young singers such as Dashni Murad.
Dashni, also nicknamed 'the Shakira of Iraqi
Kurdistan,' has returned to Kurdistan Region from
the Netherlands to serve her own nation. She's a
good pop singer and television presenter with many
fans, including me (yes, me!). But not everyone is
happy with her.
Some conservative 'Islamists' and women rights
activists have called her beautiful dance moves and
perfectly directed video clips as 'unacceptable,'
and 'controversial' as like she was an actress in a
dirty porn movie.
Dashni Murad, a Kurdish artist from Sulaimaniyah,
living in Holland
The issue here is not
Dashni Murad, nor her songs and video clips. Some
individuals and groups in Kurdistan just want to
keep this area in Medieval Ages…back to the 12th
Other people, who have been verbally attacked, are
popular singers like Loka and Meera and song writer
Halkawt Zaher, who work hard to deliver nice and
modern music to their Kurdish audience.
If we look to other so called 'conservative
countries' in the Middle East, we notice that all of
them are much more 'free' than our so called
In Kuwait, female singers wear revealing clothes and
have the most 'sexiest' video clips, though their
society still accepts it and encourages their young
artists. It's the same case for the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Even Saudi Arabia,www.ekurd.netthough
from the Diaspora, has plenty of 'Shakira's'.
It's time that our people start accepting its
artists, no matter what they wear or look like. We
always show to the rest of the world that we are an
'open-minded society,' but in fact behave like
There's nothing wrong with wearing revealing
clothing…its part of our freedom. We should respect
that as we should respect a woman wearing headscarf.
It's time for those people, who condemn modernism
and globalization, to shut up!
The old generation has already caused too much
damage and brainwashing to our country; it's time
for the new generation to take the lead.
Give us the freedom to live our lives the way we see
it right: We want to be part of planet Earth, like
other young people around the world!
Soon, Erbil will witness concerts of famous Lebanese
artists such as Elissa and Haifa Wahbi. With all my
respect to these beautiful Diva's, they are usually
'half naked,' both in their video clips and their
live performances. All of their concerts are fully
booked. Why do the Kurdish media not condemn these
popular artists and only attack our own female
F. Salihi, journalist at
Kurdish Globe and Rudaw in Erbil/Iraqi Kurdistan and
regular eKurd.net contributing writer. You may reach the author via email at: mariwan.journalist (at) gmail.com
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