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Boney M censored in the West Bank

Group warned not to sing “River of Babylon”


 

Boney M, the 1970s disco group lead by Maizie Williams, was told not to sing one of their biggest hits at a concert in the West Bank on Wednesday. Williams says the Palestinian concert organizers warned her not to sing “Rivers of Babylon.” and she doesn’t know “if it was a political thing or what.” The song’s chorus quotes from the Book of Psalms, referring to the exiled Jewish people’s desire to return to Israel. Palestinians dispute the right of the Jews to return to land they say belongs to them. The organizers told Williams the song is “inappropriate.”

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Boney M censored in the West Bank

  1. Next thing you know, in Moscow they'll be told not to sing "Rasputin."

  2. or “The Flower of Scotland” being sung in England

  3. How pathetic.
    You are correct Virgil, the song is based on the Biblical hymn Psalm 137, which is a hymn expressing the yearnings of the Jewish people in exile following the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 586 BC, The song also has words from Psalm 19:14.
    I am convinced Brent Dowe/Trevor McNaughton (of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians) intentions and meaning of their song was related more to the plight of Black Africans, the slave trade and going to the USA and returning to their roots in Africa than to do with an Israeli, Jewish, Muslim, Islamic connection.
    IMHO I can't understand that a group like Boney M have been invited to give a concert in the West Bank by the Palestinians and then asked (no doubt will become a political issue in the near future) not to sing a certain hit song, knowing full well Boney M have recorded many songs related with religious texts and verses.
    No doubt they overlooked Mary's Boy Child and Oh My Lord, are these not deeming as "inappropriate" as they are related to the Christian faith?
    Just shows you that tolerance is ‘a one way street'.
    After all it is only show business and entertainment that should be enjoyed.
    Get a life Palestine.

  4. Just goes to show how tolerant and multicultural they really are.
    This kind of small mindedness is why the Palestinians will always have their hand out for more tax dollars.