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Hwages
by Majedalesa
From Al Arabiya:
A new music video showing niqab-clad local women skating, playing basketball, singing and dancing is taking Saudi Arabia by storm. The song and music clip titled “Hwages” (roughly translated as concerns in English) was uploaded on YouTube on Dec. 23 and has gained more nearly half a million views since then.

The video opens to a scene showing three women wearing the niqab entering a car while a young boy takes the front steering wheel, in a nod to Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving. The son is an attempt at critiquing the stereotypical image of Saudi women, with scenes showing men jesting at them while standing near an airplane and driving a car. But the women in “Hwages” can be seen playing basketball, bowling and even skateboarding at one point on the streets of Saudi Arabia.

“May all men be erased as they’ve given us mental illness,” is one verse roughly translated from Arabic sang by three women in the video produced by Saudi production company 8ies Studios. It was inspired by a low-quality production video that went viral in 2014 using the same lyrics.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

(clapping)
May men go extinct (x8)
They caused us psychiatric diseases (x4)
(music)
May none of them stay sane (x8)
Everyone of them is like possessed by a female demon (x8)
.
(In the disco room)
My luck (x3)
My luck is like a storm, and my beloved ones are like leaves ~
My luck is like a storm, and my beloved ones are like leaves (x4)
Who will hold the leaves for me when the storm hits? (x4)
2016 - 8ies Studios - Saudi Arabia - free your mind, the rest will follow
Posted: 3rd January 2017
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