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The Arab Version of 'Despacito' Takes on Expensive Dowries

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Music Editor
Updated: 26 July 2017
With the Justin Bieber-assisted version of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s crossover hitDespacito” topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 straight weeks, it only makes sense that a plethora of covers would result.

The latest hot take comes from Omani artists Mohamed al-Mungi and Hanood, simply titling their interpretation, “Despacito Arabic Version 2017.”

Instead of discussing writing manuscripts dedicated to a woman’s body and making said woman forget her own surname, the two artists take the comedy route with their remix, complaining about the increasingly high cost of dowries that exist in their country.

According to Islamic Sharia Law, the groom or the groom’s father, must provide a payment (a mahr in Arabic) in money or agreed upon possessions to the bride at the time of marriage.

As BBC reports:

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

Hanood then takes on Daddy Yankee’s sequence, rapping about how marriage should be much simpler, focusing on the couple’s relationship over demanded gifts. Overall, the cover has received praise for its message that young Arab men shouldn’t be forced to “run after money and superficialities.”

Listen to the song below: