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  • Bidding farewell to the voice of Palestine

    Rim Banna, one of Palestine's most recognizable and important singers, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She leaves behind a dream of freedom from the occupation, patriarchy, and oppression. Rim Banna, the singer from Nazareth who enraptured millions died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. She was 51 years old. Arabic social media filled with eulogies written by people from every segment of society. [tmwinpost] One of the most famous Palestinian singers in the world, Banna came to be known through her modern interpretations of traditional Palestinian songs — children songs and popular women’s melodies — which…

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  • In new film, underground Palestinian musicians compose their own identity

    He was denied entry to the U.S. for the premiere of his debut film, a short documentary about Palestine’s underground music scene. But director Sami Alalul seems unfazed. Sami Alalul sounds out every syllable of his Queen's English, ending most sentences with an almost timid lilt. It's a manner of speaking that can seem deferential, but listen more closely, and it becomes clear that Alalul's measured speech masks a more complicated truth. For like many with his "third-culture" upbringing, this 33-year-old filmmaker, born to a Palestinian father in the English coastal town of Poole, has spent a lifetime scripting his way, cautiously, between…

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  • The Palestinian-Israeli singer challenging everyone's misconceptions

    Call her a traitor, call her a normalizer — Palestinian-Israeli singer Amal Murkus has heard it all. Now as she gets ready to release her brilliant new album, the avowed Marxist and feminist is speaking out against the racism of the Israeli mainstream as well as Palestinian attempts to silence her. When I came home after my interview with Amal Murkus in a Jerusalem cafe, I turned off the engine and remained in my car with my eyes closed for an hour until the sounds of her new album "Fatah al-Ward" ("The Roses Bloomed") came to an end. [tmwinpost] This…

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  • LISTEN: The rarest records, from India to Palestine

    The members of Tel Aviv's Fortuna Records have spent the last several years collecting some of the rarest records from the Middle East. The music runs the gamut from classical Egyptian to Palestinian folk to Greek-Israeli music. Check out a mixtape of their favorite rarities, accompanied by their stunning (and often strange) album covers. By Fortuna Records 1. Koko - Koko The debut album by Koko, an unknown singer on the Tel Aviv "Kol Dorit" label, and who sings in Greek, is without a doubt one of the best albums recorded in Israel during the 1970s. If you ask us,…

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