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'I'm the only trip-hop artist in Palestine!': the musicians shaking up the occupied territories | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'I'm the only trip-hop artist in Palestine!': the musicians shaking up the occupied territories

Refugee rappers, ska stars from the Golan Heights, the Kraftwerk of the Levant … meet the acts redefining Palestine in the shadow of the walls and the watchtowers

Guests arriving at international music conferences are usually welcomed with a bit of a meet-and-greet by the pool, an ice-cool daiquiri and some tasty canapes, perhaps. They are not normally whisked off to sites of forced evictions and summary killings. But when the host city is the Palestinian capital, Ramallah, normal rules – as with most of life in the occupied territories – do not apply.

The hilly West Bank town has just hosted PMX, the first ever Palestine Music Expo. Dreamed up by three locals – a rapper, a composer and a journalist – and a British record label boss, PMX showcased a blossoming of musical talent among a people whose voices have struggled to be heard. What emerged after three memorable days of talks, tours and live performances could form the blueprint for a whole new music industry – and even the re-branding of a nation.

Related: The insider's cultural guide to Ramallah: 'A misunderstood cosmopolitan bubble'

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by Tom Horan via Electronic music | The Guardian
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