The Rough Guide to the music of Palestine

Palestine is a beautiful ancient land of faith where conflict apears to overshadow its creative voices. This unique Rough Guide explores the diverse and wonderful array of music that springs out of adversity and expresse the deep roots of Paslestinian identity.


Strolling through downtown Ramallah, tourists are met with friendly calls of "Welcome to Palestine". The vroom of local traffic and the jingling of cups at street side coffee stalls adds to the bustle of a busy urban landscape. However, crossing over the border into the occupied Palestinian territories from what locals call "the other side" is a bone-chilling experience. The Israeli built "separation fence" glares down at you in all its eerie irony, peering in at the windows of hushed buses, reminding all those who cross of the horrifiying divisions that rip deep through this disputed region. But once inside and hurried off the bus, this beautiful and evocative country throngs and hums with the joys, frustrations and charms of its residents' daily lives. Palestinians are fiercely aware of their oppressed status, but they are also, just like everywhere else, noisy, muscial, creative individuals living together in the common chaos that mankind creates. This compilations includes voices of Palestinians who live in the occupied Palestinian territories in Israel, and in the diaspora: music is one of the ways in which Palestinains communicate their identity no matter where they live.

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Amal Murkus hails from Kufr Yasif in the Galilee. Her distinctive hazy vocal timbre and passionate style is inspired by the folk music of her beloved homeland and by the great classical divas of Arabic music. Amal features again on the atmospheric track "If I could go back in time" with the most highly-profiled Palestinian hip-hop collective DAM. Sanaa Moussa is another solo female singer. "Wea'younha" ist taken from her 2010 album Ishraq Reminiscence, a back-to-the-future interpretation of Palestinian folksongs inspired by her grandmother's performances. Haya Zaatry works on a more acoustic flex on the gentle guitar-led "Manakir". The subject matter deals with the issue of sexual identity and diversity in Palestine. Oud maestro Hosam Hayek is heard on "Give me the flute", taken from his album Stranger in My Homeland. Awan Quartet features oud alongside violin, piano and perscussion on "Nahwand", a classical Arabic form. Le Trio Jourban also underline the importance of the oud in Palestinian music playing in trio formation on the driving track "Nawwâr". Arabic folk-rock band Walla'at are from Akka in northern Israel and are led by charismatic Kher Fody. Singer and oudist Kamilya Jubran is a veteran of Sabreen – one of the most influential Palestinian bands of the 1980s and 1990s, and has since developed her own experimental style. On this album Kamilya is heard collaborating with Swiss composer Werner Hasler.

2 CDs, includes Ramzi Aburedwan, Reflections of Palestine

Preis: CHF 28.00
Sprache: Arabisch
Art: CD
Erschienen: 2014
Verlag: World Music Network