Sympathetic Stupid

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Funky Palestinian Hip-Hop

Ethan Zuckermann's great blog always ties together strands of African and Middle Eastern culture that you just don't get elsewhere. Through him, a link to Yazan Malakha's blog, presenting some Palestinian hip-hop tracks, some in English, some (I presume) in Arabic?

Following the great traditions of hip-hop, these are nice and political. It's just possible that Israel might get a mention. And here's a great (translated) quote from one of the DAM tracks:

it’s a pity how things have turned,
if our grandfathers saw us they’d roll in their graves,
they invented the zero and that’s what we’ve become

Nice work. Comfortable middle-class Western white boy respect to ya.