Heralded by the major French newspaper Le Monde as “the spokesman of a new generation,” DAM, the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, began working together in the late 1990s. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac Shakur video to the streets in their own neighbourhood of Lyd, Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri were inspired to tell their stories through hip hop.
After their timely song “Min Irhabi” (“Who’s the terrorist?”) was downloaded over a million times shortly after its internet release in 2001, DAM became a household name among youth throughout the Middle East. Rolling Stone in France distributed the song for free in one of their issues, and the song has been featured in various compilations.
Ten years of performing all over the world has strengthened DAM’s commitment to continue living in their hometown of Lyd—15 minutes from Tel Aviv—working to provide the youth of the city and neighbouring communities with programs and opportunities that have otherwise been denied to Palestinian citizens of Israel. In addition, they have conducted workshops for young people from the West Bank to the US, Canada and Europe.
DAM’s music is a unique fusion of East and West, combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban hip hop. Their work has been influenced by artists as varied as Ghassan Kanafani, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Mahmoud Darwish, Naji al Ali, Tupac, Biggie, Public Enemy, MBS, K’naan and Pharoahe Monch.
Tamer Nafar – Singer
Mahmoud Jreri – Singer
Maysa Daw – Singer and Guitarist
Bruno Cruze – DJ and Music Arrangement
Issam Elias – Keyboard-Percussion Player
Shaden Nahra – Violinist
Abed Da’adleh – Sound Technician
Note: Limited Seats, guests are kindly requested to take their seats by 19:50
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