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20 Responses to “Middle-Eastern cover of Radiohead's "Karma Police," by Shefy & Sabbah of Tel Aviv”

  1. vrplumber says:

    I love the wavering tone of Middle-Eastern vocals and instrumentals, very mind-bendy.  This is a great Radiohead cover.

    Another Radiohead cover that I think is superior to the original is Reckoner with Gnarls Barkley, His vocal take on this song is very powerful.


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  2. joe k. says:

    Best oud solo in a Radiohead cover in a long time…

  3. mat says:

    One of the best things I’ve heard in a very long time. 

  4. Nathalie Plum says:

    that’s fanstatic. Imagine what they would do to Pyramid Song

  5. Ram Iyer says:

    That was awesome. I’m all verklempt…

  6. justsomeguy says:

    Amazing! I’d love to see more of their stuff

  7. Noa Dror says:

    Lovely cover. The Millennial feel fits in really nicely. 

    The irony is, of course, that Tel Aviv is the probably the most European-centered city in the Middle East (except, perhaps, Beirut). 

  8. majdal says:

    I was about to buy the song on iTunes, then I remembered the Palestinian civil society’s call for boycotts of Israeli cultural products if they do not explicitly criticize the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories… http://www.bdsmovement.net/

    Unfortunately, the Rotem Shefy and Leat Sabbah don’t even mention the Palestinian influence on this piece, even though it’s much truer than the vague “middle eastern” influence they mention. 

    Le sigh…

    • dr15 says:

      You know, Jews came from all over, this includes Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, libya etc. These women might be decedent from any of these places making your point moot.

      • majdal says:

        Yes, Jews came from all over the world, but that does not negate the power disparity between the oppressor (Israeli Jews) and the oppressed (the non-Jewish Palestinians). 

        • ocschwar says:

           Try living as a Jew in a Muslim Arab country for a while before making that claim. There’s good REASON why Jews got the hell out of Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, et cetera and came to Israel. The mapping of “oppressor” and “oppressed” is not nearly as neat as you claim.

    • Alice Mack says:

      So… Is there definitely no place we can buy this track?

    • ocschwar says:

      What Palestinian influence? Can you point to anything in this performance that is specifically Palestinian as opposed to Arab (and “Arab Jewish”)?

    • ocschwar says:

       Take a look at the comments from Arab visitors on the Youtube page for this performance. Your BDS is so pathetic not even the Youtube comment crowd is with you.

      Le chuckle.

  9. MrsBug says:

    Her voice reminds me of Azam Ali