Monday, October 31, 2011

Dana International, "Saida Sultana" with Ofer Nissim

Yaron Cohen's career took off in Israel, and the Dana International character was developed, when Ofer Nissim dreamed up a drag scenario in which Yaron performed as Whitney Houston, singing her 1991 hit “My Name Is Not Susan,” in Arabic, in a concert in Saudi Arabia. Yaron/Dana's camp-Arabic version was called “Saida Sultana,” and in the chorus, she screams “My name is not Sa‘īda!” The song was her first cult hit on the Israeli drag circuit.

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