Today, Libyan electronic pop artist Bahjat shares “Aladdin”, the second single off his forthcoming EP, A-POP.
“I had the title ‘Aladdin’ in my head for years before finally writing it into this song. As an Arab artist with global ambitions, I always look for symbols that have had a global impact but are still of Arabic origins, to draw parallels and inspiration from. When I thought a bit more about Aladdin’s story, and the way it’s virtually the only Arab story to go mainstream, I found it to be interesting how it’s still a story of a big trouble-maker. Is that the first impression kids make about us Arabs? Does it deepen the already-negative stereotypes about us? As I pondered over those thoughts, I decided to take that narrative and focus it the ambition aspect of it. As a refugee, I had to lose everything before realizing that when you have nothing else to lose, you have everything to gain,” Bahjat confides/
“‘Aladdin’ is the second single from my upcoming EP, A-POP. The EP is a snapshot of my experience as an artist finding their own path in the music industry. As an Arab with global ambitions, I’ve always received pushback for being ‘too ambitious for my reality.’ If no one had ‘made it’ from Libya, why would I ever stand a chance? Why would a refugee with no connections succeed as an artist? Why ‘waste’ the time?,” he continues.
“In that way, I related my own experience to the story of Aladdin. It’s wanting something that everyone says is unattainable, and yet, that’s exactly what makes you work ten times harder to achieve it.”