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"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: