An hour of poignant experimental music from Palestinian producers and associates

As so many associates and colleagues face ongoing warfare and violence, I hope we resist lowering them to victims – that we each hold lively and hold their humanity in view. On this Bandcamp Friday, Gaza is once more calling. From a combination final week for Refuge Worldwide, right here’s an hour of Palestinian experimental producers and Palestinian labels and adjoining music and the place to go assist it.

I’ve so many phrases echoing by way of my head as of late, however the worth of music and sound is the flexibility to attach these in methods when phrases fail. Throughout this combine are some expensive associates and a few strangers, in some pressing sense within the senselessness.

Full observe itemizing:

Gazelleband – Mawtini (My homeland)

Checkpoint 303 – Gaza Calling

Yotzeret Sheydim – Training Empire Toppling Strategies

BOUNCYDUCK – Shari’ Al Shuhada (Martyr’s Road)

Dakn داكنْ – within the lack خارج الداخل

ANTS – When? Close to! مَتَىٰ ؟ قَرِيبٌ feat Bint Mbareh

P KIRN – Seaside music – Beirut

Muqata’a – Dirasat ‘Ulya دِراسات عُليا

UmKuBu & Firas Shehadeh – 01011

Asifeh – Casio – كاسيو

MinhaGhranNoite – G

GAZZI – Pomegranates (Oldyungmayn Remix)

GOM – شرنقة Under Above


Dirar Kalash – Second Set (on the Chapel of the Divine Baby – Bethlehem College)

Akram Abdulfattah – Launch

Related so as to add, an announcement from Refuge Worldwide, the platform that hosts my POST program:

Assertion on the German Cultural Boycott [Refuge Worldwide]

You may return by way of all my POST episodes and numerous hair configurations on Refuge Worldwide’s website:

Earlier than we get to my picks, womenofnoise have compiled numerous fundraisers on Bandcamp:

This episode of POST is sort of all Palestinian artists and/or labels. To that, I added a observe constructed from a discipline recording on the ocean in downtown Beirut, partly as my recognition of my very own privilege to have the ability to go to each locations. The songs of those children there in Lebanon saved echoing as I watched horrors alongside the ocean in Gaza – at one level, I learn stories that occupation forces prevented folks from bathing. Folks have been trying to drink seawater as recent water ran out. It’s not sufficient to go to those locations or play this music and separate ourselves from these horrors.

Considerably, that’s on the sprawling CEASEFIRE NOW compilation by L_KW, Decolonoize, and companions – so it’s additionally on Brazil’s Seminal Information, as a part of a decentralized scheme. This isn’t a car for self-promotion; it’s an opportunity to be counted at a time when lists of assist will be weaponized and used as instruments for repressing views.

I do suggest going to a few of these releases, since as ordinary you possibly can supply this by way of Bandcamp immediately from the artists and labels concerned:

This stunning oud solo firstly is an “different Palestinian nationwide anthem” by Muhammad Fleifel / Gazelleband:

Checkpoint 303 I hadn’t discovered earlier than, however they’ve bought loads to discover, mixing discipline recordings with the music and political messages:

Yotzeret Sheydim was my wildcard entry – western Pennsylvania is the place my maternal household grew up. This appears simply the type of deep, radical, unfound sounds which are why I hope one thing like Bandcamp is at all times on the Web. (There are another concepts – extra on that individually.) They’ve gone on with extra even since I downloaded this. I like the outline of the artist: “Demon making noise. Harsh jewellery jazz.” They positively don’t mince phrases on the album title, however – that’s precisely the type of political freedom I hope folks discover in releasing music independently on-line. (The music I discovered expressive, as I mentioned, in methods phrases actually can’t be for me proper now.)

BOUNCYDUCK writes of their music, “Phrases can’t say sufficient in my case, so I attempted to summon all my bent up emotions and my life in Palestine in an album that would give a miniscule concept of what it’s like residing underneath an occupation that has no sense of humanity nor mercy.”

Our late pal Odai comes up twice on this combine, after all. ANTS was the duo of him and Italy’s Soulless, right here with vocals from Dina (Bint Mbareh although it’s going to sound unusual for those who name her that in particular person). The entire compilation whereas I’ve talked about it earlier than is value revisiting:

Muqata’a is simply the best, so – purchase his music for those who haven’t.

Asifeh is one other legend of manufacturing – “Casio” comes from a fuzzier, extra lo-fi take:

MinhaGhranNoite is another person I dug up whereas doing this, however you’ll discover wealthy improvised sounds and I anticipate somebody I comply with may give us the entire story:

GAZZI is another wildcard, tossing in Berlin-based Palestinian-Egyptian artist Oldyungmayn in a remix of a (Spanish? unsure?) artist on Lima’s label Terror Negro. However that’s simply the type of mixed-up diaspora collaborative decentralized sound that additionally deserves a spot on this combine, and I remorse not doing a callout for this one simply so folks knew the observe was referred to as “Pomegranates”:

Palestine’s GOM is an acronym: “Ghostovmyself is channeling sci-fi dystopian heavy sounds and soul.” From 2018, this gem:

The label HARARA was a hope for one thing better – a label between Haifa, Ramallah, and Berlin. We should always discover a strategy to decide up a few of its imaginative and prescient. Right here’s ODDZ, aka Odai:

The observe by UmKuBu & Firas Shehadeh comes from the Gaza skatepark compilation we lined with an interview with Odai. As I mentioned earlier than, I can’t actually even fathom going again and studying this now. However do hearken to that compilation.

The choice from Dakn I wrote about again in November 2020, even earlier than issues began to go nonetheless extra unsuitable. Numerous like to this soul:

The extraordinary Dirar Kalash was the hit of this combine – I had a number of folks asking what it was. It’s from a dwell efficiency at Bethlehem College in February 2023; that college can rely itself the primary larger schooling establishment based within the occupied Palestinian territories. That is merely haunting. At Odai’s urging, I wrote about Dirar and his contribution to Sonic Liberation Entrance – and the assist of the music neighborhood did handle to take care of him, one other instance of how typically Odai considered others irst.

I undercounted the Individuals on my broadcast; Akram Abdulfattah is a Palestinian-American violinist, composer, and producer with some completely beautiful outings. That is “Launch,” a part of a “deep ambient music that guides the soul to inside peace and concord, launch and freedom.”

Up to date: This simply in – manufacturing debut from our pal falyakon:

That is from a forthcoming compilation pairing artists from Palestine and Haiti, on New York-based imprint PTP. Their assertion is shifting:

this isn’t about charity.

the intention and hope is that this compilation evokes whereas additionally offering one other house for us – poets of phrase and sound – to actively make tempo towards those that perpetuate loss of life,

because the artist’s function is that of a reality teller.

100% of the gross sales will go in the direction of our folks in Palestine and in Haiti (50/50) by way of:

Pressing Help for Medical Professionals in Gaza

Cultural Capital Haiti

It’s not sufficient to easily play music – we have to assist the our bodies of associates, colleagues, household, and their family members. In case you dwell in the USA, many organizations are actively working to assist a full ceasefire (together with by way of metropolis resolutions). It’s additionally very important to reinstate funding for UN support company UNRWA – with out this physique, Palestinians are instantly shedding entry to water, meals, medication, and different provides. This will’t be overstated – right here’s a podcast with somebody explaining how one thing so simple as life-sustaining medication turns into instantly inaccessible.

How will UNRWA funding cuts influence the folks of Gaza?

(Al Jazeera, whereas funded by the Qatari authorities, is exclusive for the time being in that they’ve intensive first-hand assets inside Gaza at a time when Israel is just not permitting entry to worldwide press.)

To not essentially prioritize these two organizations in any means, however for those who want a fast strategy to take that motion as a US citizen, each Jewish Voice for Peace and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee have arrange actions, with Congress and govt (State Division) targets, respectively. No matter you consider these organizations, their language right here is in line with what you possibly can comply with from the help organizations and NGOs themselves, the parents on the bottom.

Exterior the USA, UNRWA is attempting to gather funds immediately. You may entry their website:

Not less than some Palestinian associates are sharing the healthcare useful resource Writers In opposition to the Struggle on Gaza which is attempting to shore up its personal assist. See WAWOG’s Linktree.

There could also be higher assets or actions; I’ll hold readers up to date.

I’m unsure how else to say this and possibly it’s blunt, however – folks must be alive to have the ability to make music. Bizarrely, typically this level will get misplaced.

As I write this, there are nonetheless echoes of a ceasefire. I dream of a day once we share this music and … there are not any explicit occasions round them, and we simply pay attention in higher days. For all of you.

Take care, everybody.


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