When one girl sings vs. When “another “ woman sings

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wx6u_e3x2o]


This video and the video that follows are of the same song “Vola Palombella” (أغنية طيري طيري أو بولا بولا). However, they are delivered differently. In the above video, a cute little girl is singing the song; she is lebanese and her name is “Nadeen Dareefeh نادين ظريفة”. In an Italian contest in 1980, this song won the “Golden medal” for “The best lyrics of a children song”[2].


Nadeen Dareefa, 1980

Unfortunately, the singer that you see below stole this song and published a for-adults videoclip version of it. I copied the following three photos from the personal website[1] of the “thief” singer.

Nadina - Lebanese Singer Nadina - Lebanese Singer Nadina - Lebanese Singer

This was a children song. Therefore, I can not understand why this woman choose this song in particular in order to “ruin” it? Couldn’t she have chosen another song?

I have no objection against the freedom of choice; if a woman freely chosese to dress in a certain way, whether too “conservatively” or too “un-conservatively”, and as long as this doesn’t affect the society negatively, then she is free to do what she likes. But in this case here, the singer above chose a song that was produced firstly to be a children’s song and then made the new video clip of it.

Watch the new version of the song:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7auCWnqSknA]


What is the “hidden” relation between the two songs?

Apparently, they have the same lyrics. Yes, but there is a much more important similarity… But would you believe me?

Nadina - Lebanese Singer  = Nadina

Well… Umm… The two singer are one person!!! The second women is the grown up “Nadeen”. The following is an exerpt of a wikipedia article about this song:

أرادت نادينا إعادة إحياء الأغنية فغنتها باللغتين العربية والإيطالية بعنوان “Vola Palombella” بإيقاع جديد وتعاقدت مع مخرج إيطالي-كندي اسمه سيلفيو بوليو (Silvio Pollio) لتصوير فيديو كليب لها عام 2007 شاهده أكثر من 130 ألف مشاهد على موقع يوتيوب.

Nadeena wanted to revive this song so she sang it in both Arabic & Italian by the title of “Vola Palmobella” with a new melody and she made a contract with a Canadian director named Silvio Pollio to photoshoot a video clip for it in 2007 which was viewed more than 130,000 visitors on youtube”[2]

In response to what you see above, I found an article which was published in the Lebanese newspaper “Al-Safeer”. The article was entitled, “It is enough for the bird to fly once!!!”. The following is written at the end of the article:

“ماذا لو… أن «طوم وجيري» شاخا؟ مؤكد أن هذا الأمر سيسبب لي، ولكثر غيري، حالاً من الإرباك…”
ولا بد أن تختنق العصافير في الأماكن الضيقة، فمكانها الحقيقي ليس بين دخان النراجيل أو في المرابع الليلية، ولو أن هذه الأماكن تظل جيدة للسهر والتسكع.
وربما، أن طفلاً في داخلي ما زال يرفض أن يكبر، ويرفض أن تتغير الأشياء من حوله. طفل يفضل رؤية العصفورة وهي تطير كما طارت في المرة الأولى.”[3]

“… What if Tom and Jerry became old? Certainly, this will cause me, and many others, a state of confusion.

Birds would likely suffocate in close places, because its real place is  not between the smoke of hookahs or in “night places”, even though these places remains a good place for spending nights and roaming.

Maybe, a small child inside me is still refusing to grow up, and refuses for things to change around  him. A child that prefers to see the bird flying like it did in the first time.


Update 27.04.2012: Because of the good traffic I am getting from the photos of Nadina posted above, here are more photos of the “new” Nadina Zarifeh [4]:












[1] Personal website of Nadina, www.nadina.tv.

[2] Wikipedia, “طيري طيري يا عصفورة”, http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%8A_%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%8A_%D9%8A%D8%A7_%D8%B9%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9#cite_note-1

[3] “يكفي للعصفورة ان تطير مرة واحدة”,  http://www.sawtakonline.com/forum/showthread.php?69445-%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%81%D9%80%D9%8A-%C2%AB%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%80%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9%C2%BB-%D8%A3%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B7%D9%8A%D9%80%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%80%D8%B1%D9%91%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%80%D8%AF%D8%A9

[4] Two Facebook pages called “Nadina Zarifeh”, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nadina-Zarifeh/17398618468?sk=photos & http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nadina-Zarifeh/184166074942082, retrieved 27.04.2012

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