Music

Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S. News Roundup
Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant

Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S.

Wherever you go, teenagers want to sing and dance. Palestinian teens living in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank of Israel, want others things, too: security, freedom, hope for the future. "We want our rights, as human beings, as children, as teenagers," says Sireen Khamis, 16.

on March 24, 2017
Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest News Roundup
William Booth, The Washington Post

Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest

Thousands gathered in the holy city’s Manger Square late Saturday night to watch one of their own win the “Arab Idol” song contest, the wildly popular ratings monster that brings the...

on February 26, 2017
Meet the Palestinian Hip-Hop Artist at the Center of Israel’s Culture Wars News Roundup
Joshua Mitnick, The Los Angeles Times

Meet the Palestinian Hip-Hop Artist at the Center of Israel’s Culture Wars

Tamer Nafar fell in love with hip-hop growing up amid the faded public housing blocks and garbage strewn public parks of Ramat Eshkol, a hardscrabble interethnic neighborhood in the central Israeli city of Lod where life was punctuated by...

on January 11, 2017
Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes News Roundup
Majeda El-Batsh, AFP

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like "Who's the Terrorist?" skewering what he and others say is discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

on November 27, 2016
Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled Then Reinstated News Roundup
Alexander Nazaryan

Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled Then Reinstated

For a Palestinian insurgent supposedly determined to see Israel destroyed, Paul Hadweh looks remarkably like his fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley. I met the 22-year-old senior on the rooftop of a campus building...

on October 5, 2016
Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled, Then Reinstated News Roundup
Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek

Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled, Then Reinstated

For a Palestinian insurgent supposedly determined to see Israel destroyed, Paul Hadweh looks remarkably like his fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley. I met the 22-year-old senior on the rooftop...

on October 5, 2016
Palestine Music Expo, with Cooking Vinyl and Glastonbury Co-Sign, Looks to Draw Attention… News Roundup
Richard Smirke, billboard

Palestine Music Expo, with Cooking Vinyl and Glastonbury Co-Sign, Looks to Draw Attention…

A team of leading British music executives have lent their backing to the first ever Palestine Music Expo -- a three-day live music showcase that aims to shine the spotlight on the sovereign state's burgeoning...

on October 3, 2016
Palestinian Dabke in the Chicago CTA Tunnels Op-Eds & Analysis
Luz Chavez, Gozamos

Palestinian Dabke in the Chicago CTA Tunnels

A stunning video of a talented duo playing and dancing to Palestinian Dabke in a CTA Tunnel has gone viral, and rightfully so. The Gozamos crew loved the video so much, we reached out to the local artists to hear more about the inspiration behind it: “The idea for the video was very spontaneous. Hamze and I had just gotten back from a jam session with some local Chicago musicians on the south side...

on July 26, 2016
Musicians Raise Their Voices in Song to Help Children in Gaza News Roundup
Samantha Cowan, The Christian Science Monitor

Musicians Raise Their Voices in Song to Help Children in Gaza

“Open up your heart and mind and just listen,” singer Philip Lawrence crooned against a gentle piano accompaniment before slipping into a falsetto sigh during a performance at Los Angeles nightspot The Study late last month. Lawrence – part of Bruno Mars’ songwriting trio The Smeezingtons – has helped pen hits such as Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild, and Free.”

on May 18, 2016