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Music For Palestine II

In honour of Land Day: Following on from Music for Palestine I (songs in English) are a selection of songs for and about Palestine in Arabic. There are many more and this is but a sample. I’ve tentatively put them into two categories, Classic and Contemporary. Thanks to Banksy who suggested Muslimgauze when we posted Music for Palestine I. The late Manchester-born Bryn Jones (aka Muslimgauze) might be happy to know we’ve placed him here, since the song features a guest vocalist who sings in Arabic.  See also Shadia Mansour (thanks Robin).

Suggestions regarding artists and songs are most welcome.


Fairouz, Zahrat Al Mada’en (The Flower of Cities) 8.32

Available on a number of albums, including her Jerusalem In My Heart, a compilation of songs dedicated to Al Quds (Jerusalem in Arabic). Fairouz is a Lebanese singer who sings for the whole Middle East.

Fairouz, El Qods Al Atika (Jerusalem of Olde) 3.23

Joseph Azar, Yaffa 3.00

Siham Chammas, Ghaba Naharon 3.10

Marcel Khalife and Omaima El Khalil, Ghinniyya Min Falastin (Song from Palestine)


Dam, Born Here

(From the excellent Free The P, available for download here (156mb .zip file)

Ramallah Underground, Khaleeni A’eesh

(trans. Let Us Live –riffing off a refrain from a classic Oum Koulsoum song Amal Hayati). Download here.

Muslim Gauze (Bryn Jones), Intifada

فلسطين أجمل أغنيه Artist Unknown, Palestine: The Beautiful Song 5.16

Addendum: Selected Videos
Amal Maher, impromptu song for Palestine (1.18)

علي الكوفيه فلسطي

One comment on “Music For Palestine II

  1. midoelsaady
    31 March, 2009

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This entry was posted on 31 March, 2009 by in Audio, Music, Palestine.

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