Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rotana's New Single is the Pop Strutting "Daddy"

In a season when American values are seriously getting turned on their head, a new pop track from an L.A. based newcomer shouldn't make much of a wave, but when you hear the back story of Rotana, you will see where the present day idiocy called politics and confident dance music intersect.
First the important thing, her music. Her newest single is "Daddy" a stuttering funk minimalist pop/dance number that contains a marching fire musically while delivering vocal passion that leaps into your ears.

Check it out on Spotify or below:

Second, a mini backstory of who she is. Her story is like a of pop star hopefuls but with one major twist; the place she was born would never allow her to even think about doing anything close to it. Being born in Saudi Arabia Rotana Tarabzouni has stated in interviews she couldn't even dream of a career singing and that in Saudi Arabia:
"Possibility and dreaming [in Saudi] isn't that easy," she explains. "[Your mind] doesn't even allow it because it doesn't know it. There's no frame of reference. Your mind doesn't have proof that the unimaginable can happen."
This will happen when your country of birth is ranked 134th out of 145 countries by the Global Gender Gap Report. Not only can't women drive cars in Saudi Arabia, they must always have a male guardian (regardless of age) and can't even try on clothes while shopping. It is one of the most gender segregated countries on the planet and thankfully Rotana came to study towards her Masters Degree at U.S.C. Once in Los Angeles she became inspired and started living her dream of singing in public and doing a damn good job of it. 

During February we like to focus on pop music more and this new artist cooks musically and reminds us that people yearn to be in this country pursuing their dreams that they may have never even dared to think about in the country they happened to be born in. Music knows no boundaries, has no travel bans, doesn't discriminate by gender; music just shines hope.  

For more on Rotana check out this mini documentary from 2015 that goes more in depth to her story:


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