A Thursday Interruption: Bebe, Erykah Badu, and the Burka Band

Bebe, a Spanish singer/songwriter, sings about overcoming domestic violence.  A translation of the lyrics into English is available here.

Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” has been making the blog rounds. Zennie talks a little about the cinematagraphy here. Zennie writes:

While there may have been a deliberate attempt to upset people by generating the question “Why focus on a presidential assassination?”, it’s not clear that was the actual intent of the video. Apparently what Erykah Badu is trying to say is she’s shedding her skin to be who she is, but society has a way of trying to destroy anyone who would seek to be who they are outside the cultural bounds assembled for them.

The end result is assassination.

What’s interesting about her take, which I don’t agree with, is that it comes at a time when self-expression has found its outlet in New Media. Anyone can quickly express who they are via video, blogs, websites, and podcasts. Moreover, they can do it safely. Just look at what Erykah Badu herself has done with Erykah Badu Window Seat Video Uncut.

Some of the controversy about this video has been described as a fear of black pussy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQesTSCrlY

The Burka Band was a girl band in Afghanistan. I think they came out in 2003? Anyways, they haven’t released anything recently as far as I know. Here’s an article with more info on the band and its reception in Afghanistan and abroad.

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