Sunday, 9 September 2018

Surge Of Interest

Over the last few weeks we have had a bit of interest on twitter from the Middle East and the Arabic speaking world. At first I thought it might be because of Bora joining the band. He played with some high profile artists in Turkey before coming to the UK and possibly some fans from the area have been following his progress.

Surprisingly though, yesterday evening saw a huge surge in twitter followers from that part of the world. In less than 24 hours more than 250 new people have become @DenzeityMusic followers and most of them have a profile written in Arabic. Quite a few have flags in the background suggesting new followers from countries ranging from Saudi Arabia to Iraq to Pakistan.

I'd have never thought our music would be especially popular in these parts of the world. I've heard popular music from quite a few of these regions and we sound nothing like it! But if they like our music, I'm not going to complain. In fact I'm quite pleased that we seem to have struck a chord with people for whom western style rock music is not what would normally be found coming out of local radio stations!

So with that I'd to offer an official welcome (with translation instructions):

نود أن نرحب بالعديد من المعجبين الناطقين باللغة العربية. إذا كنت ترغب في قراءة هذه المدونة باللغة العربية ، يرجى النقر فوق المربع الموجود على اليسار لترجمته إلى العربية (أو أي لغة أخرى!) نأمل أن تستمتع بالموسيقى!

I'm still not sure why we've had the sudden surge of following in such a short time. I asked Bora if he had any idea but he didn't. Perhaps we've been recently featured on an Arabic radio or TV show. Please let me know if you have any idea. Either way it's great to know people are liking the music and I hope we'll be able to come and play that part of the world soon...

Update - A Month Later

This has been a rather fishy situation. A tweet targeted directly at the new followers in their own language resulted in no increase in the number of people following a link embedded in the tweets - suggesting the new followers are not real people but merely bots.

Also most of those that I didn't follow back, or decided later to unfollow when they started filling the feed with irrelevant and unwanted stuff, have almost all unfollowed the account, suggesting a computer controlled algorithm running most of the users.

I was originally sceptical of the sudden surge of followers from an unexpected part of the world but wasn't going to insult any possible real new followers by suggesting as such. However after a month I'd say suspicions have been confirmed  and apart from a few genuine real followers, most of these new 'followers' are pretty inconsequential - and are probably being used for some sort of propaganda exercise.