I’m not sure why pop stars in the Arabic world all look so unsavory, but that seems to be the style. I’m not at all suggesting Middle Eastern men are uniformly unsavory. It’s just the ones who are pop stars, with their eyesex and oily hair, they just look like they should somehow be involved in the production of pornographic movies. Anyway, this here is Libya’s own Hamid El-Shaeri, who looks like he launders money for ViVVidXXX Productions or something, but in fact makes very fun and uptempo dance music. (Although he could well be laundering money on the side, I don’t know these things.) I’ll admit it’s not a world I know very much about, but evidently the more liberated Northern African nations like Egypt and Morocco have a thriving and lively pop culture. And as far as dance music goes, they’re producing some of the best. I love something that’s designed to make me dance, but I also hate that most such product is made by coked-up morons with a laptop and no concept of anything outside the American Top 40. For some dance music with cultural context we have to look to other parts of the world, especially the Middle East, where they like to incorporate traditional instruments with their canned beats.