previous Star Barometer columns:
The latest Intifada drama gets
panned by the critics
roles, new films
The young Sheikh El-Shaarawi, plus Heneidi and Shaaban's new films
Turkish-Egyptian co-production with a curious plot signal a loosening of
restrictions for the movie industry?
Barry White Egyptian?
(cairolive.com, July 12, 2003)
Barry White passed away last week --
the world-renowned superstar's unbelievably deep baritone, a soul-rooted
rumble which has been called the sexiest voice on earth, was perhaps
more famous than the singer himself.
White had put on a series of
concerts in Cairo back in October 1994, just as he was was making a
major global comeback thanks to his new album The Icon is Love.
founder Tarek Atia had interviewed White at the time for Al-Ahram
Weekly, with the singer exclusively revealing that he thought his
mother was Egyptian.
"My father's roots lead back
to South Africa," he had said. "He was a Zulu warrior who
wandered into Egypt and found this beautiful black Egyptian girl. They
created two sons... and one was named Barry White."
Although the tale sounded
somewhat mythical, White told Atia that he truly believed it, as he had
ever since his aunts and grandmothers told him the story when he was a
little boy. "Egypt holds spiritual things for me, very deep things,
things that are very sacred," he said.
White had plenty of Egyptian
fans, as was evident at the sold out series of concerts that took place
that year. His love for Egypt, meanwhile, and the spiritual connection
he felt for it, mirrored the sentiment expressed by many African
Americans for Egypt.
His recent passing is sad, of
course, but we can all take comfort in the fact that his giant disco
grooves and sexy love songs will live on. "My music is all about
love," White told Atia back then. "People coming together,
staying with each other, growing with each other. Making a commitment
and keeping it."
Photographs courtesy Mohamed
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