I came across a wonderful article today and I feel like the information in it needs to be posted here. My intention is not to engage anyone in a political discussion but rather to show that no matter which side of the fence that you lean towards that coming together with music, i.e. metal, will create peace, no matter how small the act.
Case in point: A Lebanese belly dancer, Johanna Fakhry, danced onstage at Hellfest 2011 alongside an Israeli metal band called Orphaned Land and held up a Lebanese flag and helped the frontman, Kobi Farhi, raise his Israeli flag.
Farhi tells the crowd as the two performers hold the banners up alongside each other “This is all about peace, my friends. We are all brothers and sisters. Now I want to see all of you jumping and party with us, okay?”
“This is all about peace, my friends,” Farhi tells the crowd as the two performers hold the banners up alongside each other. “We are all brothers and sisters. Now I want to see all of you jumping and party with us, okay?” The crowd responds with cheers and heavy-metal “devil horns” signs, and as the tempo picks up both performers jump up and down holding their flags.
“That phenomenon creates a loyal audience that stays with us, and even endangers [the audience’s] own life,” Farhi told The Jerusalem Post. Indeed, several years ago Egyptian authorities sentenced a fan to six months imprisonment for “Satanism” after he was found with an Orphaned Land CD.
Fahri states, “This dancer contacted me on Facebook and said she wants to perform with us. Of course we said yes, and then she suggested we wave the Israeli and Lebanese flags. I told her, ‘We’d love to, but we think it might endanger you, and expose you to a lot of criticism.’
Unfortunately, Fakhry can’t go back to Lebanon now and has been called a whore and has received death threats, not only against herself but for her family, as well. But, even through all of this she’s refusing to recant.
I do wonder if this is just the Libran in me wanting to find peace and balance in life but this one thing holds true in my opinion – music, along with people wanting change, can make things happen.
Please go here and read the full article. Make sure you check out the track “The Kiss of Babylon” by Orphaned Land below.
Official Orphaned Land website