"To the impartial eye, the world not only seems an unlikely one-off phenomenon, but a constant strain on reason. If reason exists, that is, if a neutral reason exists. So speaks the voice from within. So speaks Joker's voice." - Jostein Gaarder

Monday, February 27, 2006

3touna al-tofouleh...

جينا نعيدكم... بالعيد منسألكم
ليش ما في عنا... لا عياد ولا زينة
يا عالم
أرضي محروقة
أرضي حرية مسروقة

سمانا عمتحلم... تسأل الأيام
وين الشمس الحلوة... ورفوف الحمام
يا عالم
أرضي محروقة
أرضي حرية مسروقة

أرضي زغيرة... متلي زغيرة
ردولا السلام... اعطونا الطفولة

اعطونا الطفولة
اعطونا الطفولة
اعطونا الطفولة
اعطونا... اعطونا... اعطونا السلام
ريمي بندلي - اعطونا الطفولة

A 4 year old child, chanted this song in 1984, in war-torn leabnon.
Rimi Bandali, the Miracle.

Most Syrians and Lebanese grew up on her voice singing "3assel weshak ya 2amar"...

I know I did.

All through this morning I was obsessing with her, I found 5 of her songs on the net.

3touna al-tofouleh
Teer w 3alli ya 7amam
Imany A7la
La Tibky

And my personal all time favorite..

U remember "Baba", her dialogue song with her father Rene Bandali. I learned the "Fast Forward" and "Rewind" buttons on our recorder for that song.

Rimi Bandali, she's the pure essence of childhood in each one of us, her voice awakes every single feeling from that time when u'd still be peeing in ur bed.

Awakes the "Tofuleh al-Musharradeh" in each one of us..

We're all still children, u can't really grow up in these countries... u just grow older.. but never grow up inside. I donno if that's a good thing.
People call that growing up too quickly, but, really, it's more like, NEVER growing up. Deep inside, not letting go of all these strings, living ur life trying to achieve ur childhood. cuz u never really had one.
40 years worth of generations in Syria and Lebanon will live their lives to achieve their childhood...

All of us...
Lebanon a country, a childhood of War.
Syria a country, a childhood of Silence.


Blogger Ghalia said...

Yazan, lak is2allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah 3ala Rimi Bandali, I love Baba song, I used to freak all the family by my voice singing it

February 28, 2006 4:41 AM

Blogger Eve said...

that is such a coincidence :) a couple of days ago, i bumped into "baba"'s song at a friend's blog, and he kindly sent it to me. i really love this song, although the only thing i remember of it is Remy telling her father: "salle7leh el skarbineh" :p

February 28, 2006 5:23 AM

Anonymous maya said...

the first "concert" i went to was hers!! i think i was 6 :)
makes you wish you never grew up..

February 28, 2006 6:56 AM

Blogger Zena said...

I wonder what happened to her?????

February 28, 2006 3:28 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

check this..


So, everbody did actually grow up on her voice... brilliant..

February 28, 2006 5:43 PM

Anonymous bero said...

oh man u really made me cry.....just with no more words.....

March 27, 2006 7:11 AM

Anonymous Mimi said...

Thank You so much for posting Remi's songs! EEEEh 3ala iyyam zaman!

April 26, 2006 8:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love Remi Bandali. We grew up to her music. If anyone knows were to download her songs plz tell me.

May 06, 2006 2:57 AM

Blogger Yazan said...

I provided 5 links to her songs in this post :)

May 06, 2006 2:58 AM

Anonymous lilo said...

please if anyone can find more songs for her, send me the site or the songs on this email: lydia_refaat@hotmail.com,. thxs alot.

May 23, 2006 2:17 AM

Anonymous rosalinda said...

hi...i have all remi's songs from her first till her last cassette!!!!im 30 years old now and still know allll her songs...i was fond of her..singing with my friends and imitating her....i watched like 7 of her shows and i watched her film.......amani taht kaws kuzah....i have a collection of her pictures and interviews...i know that she and her family settled in canada....BUT..i wonder why cant i find a single picture of her on the net??!!!!!or any article talking about her???

November 26, 2006 1:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried following the links you posted but they don't seem to work. Did you by any chance happen to have backup copies in mp3 that you wouldn't mind sharing :)?

December 04, 2006 4:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the sonds as well...links don't seem to work, can anyone help... csca0203@gmail.com...thanks

January 26, 2007 5:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello everyone ... amazing history and amazing old time songs reminding us of the "beautful" childhood ..
there is a song that says "ya rayt feeyee 3al sama itla3 .. w hayk min doon ma 7ada ye2sha3 .. esro2 el shams wel matar...... khabbiyon be3ebbi 7ad albi w zetton 3a 7eden emmi" ... ok the thing is, if anyone has it PLZ PLZ PLZ either send it to me on Sultantarabeine@gmail.com ... or send me the link to download it.
Thank you all for the great memories u brought back to my head

February 08, 2007 9:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

guys rimi is on facebook....i mean the real rimi the person

April 27, 2007 6:08 PM

Anonymous manour said...

tnx for the wonderfull post.
A while ago i found the files online. It was about time cuz the shareet i have is way past its date!
Really brings back childhood memories.. i remember i used to drive my parents crazy with these songs.

May 30, 2007 7:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

omggg remi bandali is a legend!
anoymous you said she was on facebook, i typed in remi bandali and nothing came up!!:( if anyone has her songs can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEE email me

June 01, 2007 7:28 PM

Blogger Seth said...

we listened to her tape constantly and one day the tape snapped :( we were young and didnt realize to make copies of her tapes. if anyone has her songs can you please send them to me. it would be greatly appreciated



August 21, 2007 4:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out these songs:

February 11, 2008 1:18 PM


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