Al-Rahal al-Kabir are known for an amusingly irreverent tarab-aware pop-music.
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The shadow of censorship loomed over The Great Departed in recent days, as it emerged that iTunes Middle East had cut five songs from the Lebanese band's album "La Bombe" from its online platform.Soubeih said Sunday that TGD received a call from an iTunes official asking them to halt their media campaign, as iTunes claimed the "intermediary company" was to blame and that the issue would be resolved. iTunes ME declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Star. An announcement on the band's Facebook says that, in an email to the band, iTunes ME described the banning as "unacceptable and intolerable". By Monday evening the band had announced on Facebook that the censorship had been lifted, with iTunes ME expressing its regret and promising to return the full album to the platform.
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