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Popular and Fusion Music

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.10.2006:

As the day-to-day experiences of Palestinians became more involved in the politics of resistance, so changed the musical output of the people. Artists began to sing about the day-to-day hardships of life under occupation and the dream of statehood. In the aftermath of the 1967 tragedy, a young Palestinian oud player and composer by the name of Mustafa al-Kurd inflamed peoples’ emotions and received wide popularity with his 1970 recording of kullee Amal (in Arabic, full of hope). Marcel Khalife, a Lebanese singer-songwriter, touched the souls of Palestinians with his defiant music, especially his use of poetry composed by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish on his recording Tousbihouna Ala Watan. Palestinians also have great respect and admiration for the Lebanese diva Fairouz who sang eloquently about beloved Jerusalem in Zahrat al-Mada’en (The Flower of All Cities) and al-Quds Albaal (Jerusalem on our minnd) and about return in Raji’oon ( We’re Going Back).

The group Sabreen achieved international acclaim with their concerts and lyrics that convey messages of hope for freedom and a better life. The voice of their charismatics lead singer, Akka-born Kamilya Jubran, who is also an accomplished qanoun player, and the group’s eclectic that fused music with western influnces, contributed to their 20-year success.

The new voices of resistance within the Palestinian struggle for peace and justice are those of Palestinian rappers living in Gaza, the West Bank, and inside the Green Line. So there are some new songs which give insight into Palestinian youth culture and emerging talents and explores the role their music plays within their social, political and personal lives.

Source:Palestine A Guide by Mariam Shahin.

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