The outcome was a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, whose government signed the deal when Saudi King Salman visited last year.No official figures were immediately released by the house on how many lawmakers voted for and against the ratification, but the number of legislators in the chamber appeared to be around 400-450, of whom about 100 voted against the agreement.I didn't know who it was at the time, but after a period of time, I realized and found out that that was Cab Calloway. That was a long time ago, back in the early Forties. They invited me to sit in with them and we seemed to hit it off pretty good right from the start. I was just getting frustrated with LA and not being able to expand. FJ: Your trio of tuba and congas was not the conventional saxophone trio by any stretch of the imagination. Saudi Arabian women have cruised through the streets on skateboards and scooters in a music video protesting the oppression of women in the Middle Eastern kingdom.The global reach of social media has been particularly crucial in enabling women to highlight oppressive social issues, Raihan Ismail, a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies at the Australian National University, said."In a closed political system such as Saudi Arabia, social media plays an important role," she said. Dr Ismail said the lyrics of the song could be roughly translated to: "We wish God rid us of men, because they have given us mental illness"."People often portray Saudi women as lacking in agency, as if they have no say and they're not doing anything about it," she said.I was born on 53rd off Central Avenue, between Central and Hoover. FJ: How did the Columbia Records contract come about? I knew Bob and I knew James already from California.
The video has been viewed more than 3.1 million times on You Tube.
Blythe is a Horace Tapscott throwback, having worked with the late Tapscott early in his career. I auditioned and during that period, I had gotten the contract with CBS (later became Columbia) and I asked him if he would do this record with me and he agreed.