Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hadag Nahash and D.A.M./Israeli and Palestinian Hip-hop Confronts the Conflict

One of my students, Patience Fiodembo, just completed a paper on Israeli and Palestinian hip-hop and its relationship to the conflict; thanks for passing along these videos, which combine the beats and rhythms of hip-hop to the old school penchant for seeing the song as the people's CNN.

I was familiar with D.A.M. because of their "Meen Erhabe" (Who's the Terrorist?), but these were new to me. Both songs confront the ways in which the conflict has dehumanized people, but "The Sticker Song" takes on the bumper sticker mentality that reduces the conflict to digestible phrases.

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