Although I am an Egyptian-American citizen, who was born in Cairo, I only lived there for 1 year and shared the same conceptions of the middle east that any other American would have. However, after visiting Egypt in 2004, I was shocked to learn of the significant impact that Western culture has had on the culture of the Middle East. Due to the broadness of that topic, I chose to compose a video about the influence of Western culture on Middle Eastern music and dance.
With the help of the GIMP and CamStudio programs, I accumulated a collection of pictures and video clips that depict these influences. The introduction of the video is intended to portray the "Americanization" of the middle east in a literal sense. After American culture became popular in Egypt and other parts of the middle east, many actors and singers underwent "Americanization" makeovers, as I like to call them, dying their hair blonde and switching their eye color to a lighter tone. This was the beginning of the Americanization of middle eastern culture, as this popular influence from the US began to be seen in television shows and music videos as well.
As American Idol took America by storm, an identical show entitled "Star Academy" was introduced in the middle east, and became one of the most popular daytime television shows on Arab television. As hip hop dance is one of the most popular forms of dance in the US, it has also became a dominant form of dance that has been integrated into traditional Arabic bellydancing. Although there were several videos to choose from, I was selective in an effort to find one that would depict several western influences at once. The final music video shows influences on both dance and clothing, and the grafitti on the wall is evidence of western culture's infiltration of several different aspects of the middle east's culture.