Last Tuesday, Libyan dictator Moamar Gadafi vowed to hunt down protesters â€œinch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway (zanquas)…â€ Those of us who witnessed this demented diatribe saw an unhinged autocrat falling deeper and deeper into self delusion and insanity. Not so Israeli musician Noy Alooshe who instead saw “a classic.”
According to the New York Times:
Mr. Alooshe spent a few hours at the computer, using pitch corrector technology to set the speech to the music of â€œHey Baby,â€ a song by the American rapper Pitbull, featuring another artist, T-Pain. Mr. Alooshe titled it â€œZenga-Zenga,â€ echoing Colonel Qaddafiâ€™s repetition of the word zanqa, Arabic for alleyway.
Alooshe did not initially identify identify himself as an Israeli, and he started receiving positive messages from all around the Arab world. Surfers soon found out that he was a Jewish Israeli from his Facebook profile – he plays in a band called Hovevey Zion, or the Lovers of Zion – and he started receiving curses. However the response has been mostly positive, including a message from someone assumed to be a member of the Libyan opposition saying that if and when the Qaddafi regime fell, â€œWe will dance to â€˜Zenga-Zengaâ€™ in the square.â€
In the meantime, Gaddafi’s assets are being seized around the world, an arms embargo is in place and the Libyan rebels continue to hold cities near Tripoli and control most of Libya’s oil resources. Gaddafi’s regime is teetering and the best he can do is go out dancing! Zenga! Zenga!