Being in a Ramadan state of mind - or as close as I can get, I found myself listening to some old Arabic classics (that have nothing to do with Ramadan, but you get the idea) like Oum Kolthoum and some really old قصائد by Fairuz. I found it incredible that Fairuz - who is Christian - sang an entire song dedicated to Mecca غنّيت مكة composed by the Rahbani Brothers, also Christians. I guess those were more enlightened times back when this beautiful song was recorded. My mother tells me Fairuz performed it live on her first ever concert in Kuwait in 1964, and that KTV has a live recording in its archives. Can you honestly see Christians performing a similar song today without some Islamist fundamentalist asshole calling for their death? Is that why KTV doesn't play it at all?
Back to more "secular" music, I really like this cocky new band, Kasabian, from England. They're great fun and when I saw them interviewed on TV, their attitude reminded me of Oasis. So hurry and get them before they self-destruct as well!
Also great fun is Razorlight; a less arty version of Franz Ferdinand (who I'm slowly starting to like too)