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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #15: Egypt

And so to Egypt on our musical tour of Veggiestan. Which can only mean one thing: a bit of belly dancing Don’t know much about this crew except that the beat and the slapstick video are all infectiously charming. If … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #14: Sudan. With Added Recipe.

Sudan is an honorary member of the Veggiestan Republic on account of its proximity to the Arabian peninsula: its culture and cuisine have a lot in common with the rest of the Middle East. And they make cracking fuls medammes. … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #11: Algeria

This is a cracking number sung by three of Algeria’s best-loved performers. The song, called Abdel Kader, commemorates Abdelkader El Djezairi, who is an (if not the) Algerian national hero and had a valiant pop at fighting off the French … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #8: Jordan

Ace video, this. And the music ain’t bad either. The song is traditional, but we liked this remix because that’s the kind of funky bloggers that we are. We know nothing about the original music, or indeed the artists: please … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #7: An Arabic Christmas Carol

Yes, of course there are Arabic Christians. Here’s a Christmas carol from roughly where it all began. And it is, quite frankly, beautiful. Happy Christmas from Veggiestan!

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #6: Kazakhstan

Because there’s more to Kazakhstan than Borat. This is a jolly little ditty – had us all toe-tapping it did. Cool electric setar, great beat. We can ignore the fact that the video looks a bit like someone got a … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #5 Tehrangeles

Some toe-tapping, medallion-jingling, hip-gyrating, short-skirted Persian pop to jiggle away your Autumn blues. All Iranian singers are contractually obliged to produce a song called ‘Dokhtar Irani’ (which just means Iranian Girl). Obligingly the dokhtar Irani in the video are giving … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #4: Morocco

To celebrate the arrival of last Christmas’ order of Moroccan artefacts (yes, you read that correctly), today’s interlude is Moroccan. Now most Arabic music is toe-tappingly catchy. This is chaabi music, however; if you study the video above you will … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #3: Armenia

Well this is jolly. We defy you not to tap your toes to it. Thinking about it, most Armenians we’ve met are rather jolly too. Absolutely no idea what’s the song’s called – sorry. But we get bonus points for … Continue reading

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Veggiestan’s Greatest Hits #2: Tunisia

Second stop in our musical tour of Veggiestan takes us to Tunisia, and perhaps one of the best known Arab anthems of all: Sidi Mansour. It was originally a Tunisian folk tune, but its catchy beats have been used across … Continue reading

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