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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Lebanese-Ghanaian World Cup Song

My parents have alerted me to the news that Ghana's World Cup song is written and performed by Talal Fattal, a Lebanese-Ghanaian whose business partner and brother, Fadi Fattal, I interviewed in the course of my MA research.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Fadi Fattal, and Talal the media mogul, transformed a pizza joint into an advertising company, which in turn led to beginning an independent, privately owned TV station, MetroTV. Completely coincidentally, I'm sure, MetroTV also has joint rights to broadcast the World Cup in Ghana...

Meanwhile, Talal the Afropop singer-songwriter continues to find time to record, from time to time, the romantic ballads that his audience adores.

The Fattal brothers represent only a two of numerous examples I found in Ghana who contradict typical stereotypes about so-called "middleman minorities." We have been led to believe that these groups, like Chinese in Indonesia or Indians in Kenya, live temporarily in the country only to extract money from it, money they funnel to their home countries, to which they eventually return. I don't know about other places, but this description does not represent at all what is going on with many Lebanese in Ghana. Rather, Lebanese-Ghanaians like the Fattal brothers are totally committed to the Ghanaian economy, and the company they own is 100 percent Ghanaian.

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