“Iza inta mish mit7amel timsikesh sla7 bal imsek 2alam sajel ana 3arabi zay ma7moud darwish”, this lyric is from one of my favorite songs “N’3ayer Bokra” . See I’ve never been one to love arabic music, especially with what I hear nowadays wherever i go. Stupid songs, with stupid lyrics, sung by stupid females and males who spend the same amount of time waxing and getting dressed, but now if you ask me who my favorite artists are you’ll hear a few arabic names. This weeks song of the week is going to be a special one :), with two songs instead of one. Both have one thing in common, both are sung by fighters, for fighters, they fight with words in a time when other means of fighting are simply not available, or atleast not the way these people want it to be. The first song is by DAM. DAM are the first Palestinian arabic hip hop group based in Lod, my home :). The group was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suhail Nafar along with their friend Mahmoud Jreri. The group’s name is the Arabic verb for “to last forever/eternity” and the Hebrew word for “blood”, it’s also the acronym for “Da Arabic MCs.” The Arabic word for “blood” (دم) is spelled similarly, but without an alif.
Here you go “Mali 7orieh”.
And here’s DAMs official website :).
The second song is called “Hamdulilah”. Yassin Alsalman, better known as The Narcicyst sings this song, featuring the beautiful Shadia Mansour.
The Narcicyst is an Iraqi hip hop performer. Originating from Basra but born and raised in Dubai. The narcicyst raps in both Iraqi Arabic and English. Shadia is an amazing Palestinian singer and MC, born in Britian but like many arabic rappers and MCs she never forgot where she came from.
Hamdulilah la 7babina ili daloolno
Far2o kalami lali ma 3am bisma3oona
li2ajl il insaniah
li2ajliki ya Gaza
Bismillah, Sends shivers when you hear it,
regardless of the hardship, we will never ever fear it
Hamdulilah, For your perseverance,
got me feeling blocked up like egypt’s border clearance
Bismillah, May God bless your dead and gone,
we say we undefeated, you say we’re headstrong
Hamdulilah, for the will to believe in life,
if you struggle God loves you man, relieve the strife
Bismillah, Please read Surat Yassin
for the purest always fall for the furious I’ve seen
Hamdulilah, to be grateful for your place you never know what
fate will bring us from the hateful.
Bismillah, for the souls anguish love
and the moments our brothers get snuffed out by slugs
Hamdulilah, we see through the politics, when a missile is issued
to kill and follow our kids….
Bismillah, Children have the realest dreams, waking up in cold sweats out in Philistine
Hamdulilah, You could really tell you see, turned the news on, heard they sent shells to scenes
Bismillah, two hours later in Gaza, the floor starting pounding and they felt the haza
Hamdulilah, hessa the policies lied, when a house was blown to pieces, and an olive tree cried
Bismillah, the chithib that move too fast out the mouth of Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas
Hamdulilah, We need real leaders instead of fickle beasts wicked streets
cripple beings rippling through the middle East
Bismillah,God while we’re on the subject please cut the strings off our political puppets.
Hamdulilah, bil rooh bil dam when soldiers creep
your men thinking that our souls are cheap ..speak….
Let the world know that hip-hop is the rock that we bring when we aim our slingshots
Bismillah, The claim you call Israel
and the way you defend it shames Ismaill
Hamdulilah, See we could live together if the cycle of your violence didn’t silence our life with all your rifles
Hamdulilah, Alaikum Al salam, Arab Jarab when there’s harab man, 3laihum il 7aram
Hamdulilah, Tathamoon lil nas wal hura, we refuse to have anymore Mohammad Al-Durrahs
To follow The Narcicyst more you can check his blog here.
And to know more about Shadia Mansour check her myspace page :).