Music

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes
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
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
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…
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
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
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
Gaza Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Film Festival
Asmaa al-Ghoul, Al-Monitor

Gaza Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Film Festival

“Turn them off? Off?” asked an employee of the Rashad Shawa Cultural Center in Gaza City repeatedly as he talked on his cellphone. Once he received a clear answer from the director of the center, he headed to the small control room at the far end of the hall teeming with more than 1,000 attendees, who sat on chairs, lay on the floor or stood leaning against the walls.

on May 17, 2016
The House Lights, if Not the Stars, Shine Bright at Gaza’s Film Festival
Diaa Hadid & Majd Al Waheidi

The House Lights, if Not the Stars, Shine Bright at Gaza’s Film Festival

On the big screen, a Palestinian was trying to audition for a singing contest over the Internet, because he was unable to leave the Gaza Strip. But the shoddy connection kept freezing, and the plucky hero eventually disappeared into a hazy cloud of belching smoke, as the generator he was using broke down.

on May 13, 2016
Teaching the Blind Through Music
Ammar Awad & Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Teaching the Blind Through Music

Palestinian students at an elementary school for the blind in the West Bank are learning English through song. For the youngsters, it's a welcome departure from the usual braille textbooks and memorising the rules of grammar. "In specific subjects, I like to motivate them (to learn) so I teach them grammar or vocabulary by creating a song, because they feel better and they keep repeating it," said Hind Al-Tamimi.

on March 2, 2016