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Gem from Gemmayze

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 25, 2009

This weekend I did all the new year cleaning that I ought to have done earlier in January (Or maybe I’m more of a Chinese New Year cleaner.) – including tidying up my computer files.

As I weeded through the photos I took during 2008, this lost gem caught my eye:


I took this photo one sunny March afternoon, during Lebanon’s first 2008 Easter weekend, when I was giving my parents a walking tour of Gemmayze. (I called it a walking tour; but since I made them hoof it from downtown through Gemmayze and then up to the ABC mall, they refer to it as The Long March.)

80’s Arabic music? I don’t know ANYTHING about the Arabic hits of the 1980s. Someone, please: send me a few titles/artists! I’m imagining a Jordanian Bon Jovi and a Lebanese Boy George … can’t wait to hear about the real thing :).


5 Responses to “Gem from Gemmayze”

  1. Kheireddine said

    We had and still have Melhem Barakat, Ragheb Alameh, Majida El-Roumi, Mohammad Jamal Sami Clark etc

    Here is one from Mohammad Jamal that was very popular بدي شوفك كل يوم يا حبيبي

  2. qussa said

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAVn4-17Bjs 🙂

    (And there is a compilation of 5 CDs with Lebanese/Arabic hits from the 70s/80s that is played to death in each and every bar in Hamra… unfortunately I have them as mp3s only, will ask someone about the name of the compilation album.)

  3. Kheireddine said

    There is plenty on Utube, check yohane27’s Channel

  4. Kheireddine said


  5. Thanks for all the links – sorry it took me so long to post them. I don’t check my spam queue all that often, and I forget that posts with links often end up there.

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