The Little-Known History of Palestine's First Rock Band
January 30, 2020 4:56 PM   Subscribe

 
Awesome post. Since we haven't had much Palestinian contemporary music on MeFi recently, here's a jam: PROZAC - بروزاك by DAM.
posted by lalochezia at 6:16 PM on January 30 [3 favorites]


Thank you for that jam, lalochezia. I actually don't know that much about Palestinian contemporary music, but I found it pretty fascinating. Can't wait for the documentary to come out.
posted by toastyk at 7:12 AM on January 31


More info on contemporary Palestinian music: The Rise of Palestinian Pop (Guardian, 17 September 2019)
There have always been Palestinian musicians, of course, but their extreme circumstances have made it unlikely for their work to be heard. At the heart of the issue is a lack of local infrastructure. The only three music venues in the Palestinian territories are in the West Bank, but their large size makes them unsuitable for emerging pop acts. Because of this, concerts must be held in restaurants or make-shift halls, and it’s not always possible to convert these into a space fit for music. The few companies that rent the required gear out are not affordable for the majority of the Palestinian population. Throwing events comes with risk given the size of the initial financial outlay.
It's an interesting article, and one I thought about making into a post, with links to audio and video from the referenced and interviewed artists. Until then, here's the link :)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:30 AM on January 31 [2 favorites]


That was fascinating. Thanks for posting it!
posted by maurice at 9:57 AM on January 31


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