Listen in wonder to this mashup of Adele's "Hello" and Fairuz's "Keefak Enta"

Published November 9th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
Seventy-nine-year-old Fairuz is one of the Arab world's most well-known and respected artists still alive today. (AFF/File)
Seventy-nine-year-old Fairuz is one of the Arab world's most well-known and respected artists still alive today. (AFF/File)

By now you've probably heard plenty of different iterations of of Adele's new single, "Hello"—thanks to a round-up on Billboard over the weekend, we know there's been country "Hello," R&B "Hello," and ASL "Hello." But it's unlikely you've heard a version quite like the one that showed up online last week, melding Adele's single with Lebanese star Fairuz's ‘Keefak Enta.'

Palestinian artist Noel Kharman's Adele-Fairuz mashup has been viewed almost 500,000 times since its release on YouTube Friday. The 17-year-old began uploading covers of songs by artists like Sam Smith and Taylor Swift to her channel almost a month ago. The Adele cover is the latest and most successful so far. 

If you've ever spent any time in/around/vaguely concerned with the Middle East, you know Fairuz. Her distinctive songs crop up in contemporary music all the time—fellow Lebanese singer Yasmin Hamdan has tried her hand at an "Ahwak" cover in the past, among others.

And if somehow you haven't come across her name on the cover lists of younger artists like Hamdan and Kharman, you've definitely heard syrupy Fairuz originals wafting through MENA's shisha hangouts and cafes abound. Still, hearing her featured with Adele is something else entirely. 

Take a look below. Via YouTube.

 


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