Music Thursday: Sting “Desert Rose”

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

Yes, this video is basically an extended Jaguar commercial. Yes, Sting actually falls asleep during this video. You know what, don’t watch. Just close your eyes and listen. And pay attention to the other singer:

His name is Cheb Mami, and he is an internationally acclaimed raï singer. Raï is a style of music that originated in Algeria in the 1930s and is a mixture of Arabic, French, Spanish, and African musical styles. This song is what opened up exploring Middle Eastern music for me.

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