Palestinian Hip Hop group: DAM

DAM: Who You Are?

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Palestinian hip-hop group DAM have released a new video for their single “Who You Are?”  on Thursday, as a joint project between them and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Completed with the help of its newest, female, member – Maysa Daw – the song draws attention to women’s rights and is critical of the patriarchal society in which the group grew up in.

DAM are considered to be the first Palestinian hip-hop group, having formed in 1990 in the city Lyd. They have previously released two albums and star in the documentary film “Slingshot Hip Hop,” which takes a look at the nascent hip hop scene in Palestine.

It’s important to learn more about the ordinary lives of the Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, and indeed Israel itself, rather than sweeping them under the rug with the rest of the Middle East in the never-ending “War on/of Terror.” Israel said 9/11 was great for their country, and has done everything in its power – which is quite clearly compiled of vast resources of wealth compared to the Palestinians – to dehumanise them, and depict them as soulless terrorists, in every way imaginable.

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