Intertextuality goes global: A Middle Eastern cover of Radiohead’s Karma Police

Well, I admit it. I’ve listened to Radiohead at least once a day for about ten years now. There’s something about their melodies, their angst, their sheer talent that holds my attention and sustains my senses. Today, though, I found a new twist on my old love: Shefita and Sabbaba’s cover of Radiohead’s Karma Police. What I find most intriguing about this cover is the intertextuality of this piece with Karma Police’s long reach not only through time (the original was released in 1997 on OK Computer) but also across places (from the UK to the US to Israel). This song traveled through places, but more importantly, it traveled through people. And, now it’s found a a new path for new people.