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Nobody Told Me to Dance

Jean Rohe

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by Jean Rohe with song fragment from Rahmani and Ibrahim Qashush

This song was inspired by the words of a Syrian protester who was asked by a reporter why he and his fellow demonstrators were dancing in the street. "Nobody told me to dance," he said, "it just started." It also references a popular street protest song in Syrian cities, "Yalla Erhal

by Jean Rohe with song fragment from Rahmani and Ibrahim Qashush

This song was inspired by the words of a Syrian protester who was asked by a reporter why he and his fellow demonstrators were dancing in the street. "Nobody told me to dance," he said, "it just started." It also references a popular street protest song in Syrian cities, "Yalla Erhal Ya Bashar" (Come on, Bashar, Leave) which was attributed by some to a young man named Rahmani and is associated with Ibrahim Qashush, a cement layer who sang the song at protests. Ibrahim literally gave his voice for the revolution when he was found in a river with his throat slit and vocal cords removed. I dedicate this song to him and all the other brave Syrian demonstrators who face brutality with wit, creativity, and indefatigable spirit.

released November 28, 2014 Jean Rohe: words, music, mandolin, vocal Skye Steele: violin Ilusha Tsinadze: banjo Liam Robinson: accordion Christopher Tordini: bass Chris Berry: drums James Shipp: percussion

Everybody sings

Produced by Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson

Recorded by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY and by Ilusha Tsinadze in Brooklyn.

Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

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