Who is Khaled, you ask?
He is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter
born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria.
Not long ago, I was browsing through you tube looking for new songs, new beats, something to cheer me up and take me away from all the crazy news surrounding me. The world is going mad after all, with daily shootings that Yahoo makes sure to inform me every morning, planes crashing, disappearing and never pinging, the Syrian war and the atrocities happening all around the Middle East - it is disheartening.
Yes many of these things so far away, yet so close as I often sit with friends over coffee and hear their fears for their families who live in these regions. Their hopes that their brothers, sisters, cousins, mothers manage to leave the war torn zones and make it somehow to America. But is America any better, well yes it is. Though with the daily bad news we hear in homeland, it comes a point where you just throw your hands in the air and wonder "what can I do to help?"
We can't stop the wars, we can protest, we can raise our voices, but most of the the time we surrender, feeling helpless.
So I was on You tube searching for a happy song, the kind those young Iranians got jailed for dancing on, you know. But I had grown tired of that Happy song. Then I fell on Khaled's video "C'est la vie!" meaning It's life! I clicked and was hooked, danced and danced and danced. I found joy again.... if only it lasted.
But I suppose that is the way life goes, pretty much like a roller coaster. Up and down. Today it is up again and time to dance again regardless what is happening in the world. I have come to realize that sometimes the quickest and surest way to win against darkness is to spread happiness and love.
Here is the video C'est La Vie (this is life)
"On va s'aimer, on va dance , oui c'est la vie Lalalala! "
(We will love each other, we will dance for this is Life Lalalala!)