domenica 9 settembre 2012

Ramallah Underground - A retrospective

Immagine di Ramallah Underground 

Ramallah Underground, based in Ramallah, Palestine, is a musical collective born from the desire to give voice to a generation of Palestinians and Arabs, in a situation of great economic, artistic, and political difficulty.  The collective was founded by artists Stormtrap, Boikutt, and later joined by Aswatt, who aim to rejuvenate Arabic culture by creating "music that Arabic youth can relate to," in the words of Boikutt.  They rap in   and are credited as some of the founders of Palestinian hip-hop . Their music combines hip-hop, trip hop, and downtempo, besides more traditional Middle-Eastern music,  with a commitment to their local culture and an awareness of the imposing presence of Palestine in their lives.

As producers and as MCs, the collective has collaborated with numerous artists across the globe, most recently Slovo, Boikutt appears on the track "Nakba" from their new album Todo Cambia.  They have performed live in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Melbourne (at the Melbourne International Arts Festival ), Liverpool  , Cairo, Lausanne, Amsterdam (as part of "Rap4Justice" in theMelkweg ]), and Washington, D.C., and recently incorporated a visual set by Palestinian visual artist Ruanne Abou-Rahme in their live performances.

Ramallah Underground does not have an official release as of yet and mostly uses the internet as a way of circulating their music. In fact, their MySpace page led David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet to ask them to collaborate on a piece, "Tashweesh," composed by Boikutt, which the quartet started playing live in 2008.  and which is included on their most recent release,Floodplain. 

Ramallah Underground - A retrospective

01) 970
02) Qararat (feat Lethal Skillz)
03) aswatt il zamann
04) Another Occupied Town (feat Paracat)
05) Hon Habess
06)  risaleh min muqata'a part 1 (boikutt)
07) Min il Kaheff  (feat Lethal Skillz)
08) Amputate (with The Unpeople)
09) Dameer Mustater 73
010) Intro by Tashweesh
011) Tales From The Frontline  (feat Paracat)
012) Khaleeni A'eesh
013) Areeb Il Shar
014) tikhtfi  (stormtrap feat  babok)
015) Nateejeh Bala Shoghol (Stormtrap)
016) Sot Ramallah
017) Kilmeh Sebeh Titfasar
018) Darweesh il Hara Skit
019)  sijen ib sijen  (stormtrap)
020) al zalaam
021) Zey ma sar mbare7  (stormtrap)
022) Taht Il Ankad
023) Kanabel Mudee'a
024) Lama il ftoor yiseer 3asha


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