Omani ver­sion of Des­pac­ito fea­tures high cost of mar­riages, goes vi­ral

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Omani artistes have given a hu­mourous take to the pop­u­lar video al­bum Des­pac­ito which has got 2.5bn views. While the orig­i­nal one is about re­la­tion­ship, the lo­cal ver­sion on YouTube high­lights the high cost of mar­riages in the Omani so­ci­ety.

This ver­sion starts with the lead singer, Omani mu­si­cian Mo­hamed al Munji, vis­it­ing the fa­ther of the woman he wishes to marry. The fa­ther de­mands that any suitor should own an apart­ment, a car and pro­vide shabka (jew­ellery given as a gift to the bride) as well as pay dowry. “Why do you put con­di­tions that break our backs? Have you for­got­ten how cheap dowries used to be in your time?” Munji sings to the fa­ther.

In the video, the lyrics of the orig­i­nal song is re­placed with Athabto­hom (You are tor­ment­ing them) in Ara­bic.

The song urges the el­derly not to force young men to ‘run af­ter money and su­per­fi­cial­i­ties’ and to let them marry their daugh­ters.

Omani en­ter­tainer Muhan­nad al Ad­wani, bet­ter known as Hanood, raps in Ara­bic to the beat of Daddy Yankee’s orig­i­nal seg­ment, telling par­ents that mar­riage should be ‘sim­ple, sim­ple’ with­out ex­pen­sive de­mands from them.

“He wanted her, they got en­gaged. Her par­ents said yes, packed her bags and cel­e­brated her ar­rival to her new home. And then they marry and they fi­nally rest. See? It’s sim­ple.”

The video has re­ceived pos­i­tive com­ments on so­cial me­dia for high­light­ing the is­sue of ex­pen­sive dowries, which has been a much-dis­cussed mat­ter in Oman for many years now.

The video can be watched at www.youtube.com/watch?v=n 4bpjxj2Sww

A screen­grab of the video from YouTube

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