São sinaizinhos como este – sobretudo pela originalidade e garra das meninas que são o objecto da notícia – que me dão alguma esperança para o Médio Oriente. Claro, com esta ferramenta maravilhosa que é a internet a ajudar a esboroar barreiras; actualmente é impossível repetir a ficção que se criou nos países comunistas da segunda parte do sec. XX que afiançava aos desgraçados que por eles eram governados que o mundo capitalista era bem pior, com escassez de alimentos generalizada, crianças a morrerem, ausência de oferta de entretenimento, e por aí adiante.
” They cannot perform in public. They cannot pose for album cover photographs. Even their jam sessions are secret, for fear of offending the religious authorities in this ultraconservative kingdom.
But the members of Saudi Arabia’s first all-girl rock band, the Accolade, are clearly not afraid of taboos.
The band’s first single, “Pinocchio,” has become an underground hit here, with hundreds of young Saudis downloading the song from the group’s Web site. Now, the pioneering foursome, all of them college students, want to start playing regular gigs — inside private compounds, of course — and recording an album.
“In Saudi, yes, it’s a challenge,” said the group’s lead singer, Lamia, who has piercings on her left eyebrow and beneath her bottom lip. (Like other band members, she gave only her first name.) “Maybe we’re crazy. But we wanted to do something different.”
In a country where women are not allowed to drive and rarely appear in public without their faces covered, the band is very different. The prospect of female rockers clutching guitars and belting out angry lyrics about a failed relationship — the theme of “Pinocchio” — would once have been unimaginable here. “