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Gazan rappers battle in rare competition
Published Tuesday 22/12/2009 (updated) 26/12/2009 09:59
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Palestinian rappers perform in Gaza [MaanImages]
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Gaza – Ma’an – Seven Palestinian rap groups battled for the top spot in a Norwegian-funded competition in Gaza City on Monday night.

Screaming, fans crammed into a concert hall in the Red Crescent complex for the show, applauding each group on stage. The Norwegian sponsors joined via videoconference.

The competition (titled Riasalatna - Our Message) was organized by young Gazan women as the end product of a number of workshops in Gaza and the Norwegian city of Tromso. The workshops were about how to execute a project supervised by Norwegian specialists.

Norwegian judges were supposed to choose the winner of the rap contest on Monday, but the decision was delayed due to problems with the video link.

Judges said they were thrilled to participate in the event, saying it was an expression of support for the Palestinian people.

The competition’s Gazan coordinator, Nour Afana said she chose to focus on hip hop for her project because it was a point of cultural intersection between Gaza and Norway.

“Rappers in Gaza deserve to have their chance,” she said.

Like all musical genres, hip hop has suffered during two and a half years of an Israeli blockade. Under the blockade, musical instruments, recording equipment, and CDs are banned from entering Gaza. Gazan artists are also banned from leaving the Strip to perform.

Afana said hip hop’s aggressive, lyrical style gives Palestinian young people a medium suited to express their personal trials and the struggles of their people.

“They hope their voices will be heard in a language that the West will understand,” she added.

Hip hop has a growing following among young Palestinians in the West Bank, inside Israel, and in Gaza.
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1 ) Saleh / Palestine
22/12/2009 18:13
And some palestinians wonders why Allah dont give us victory while these Haram stuff is growing..

2 ) gabrielle / france
22/12/2009 22:32
right on, spit your guts;)))) kill those zionists with it

3 ) Jubair / U.S.A.
22/12/2009 23:30
Norwegian-funded ha? Interesting

4 ) Pali/ jord/ Us sister! / Palestine
23/12/2009 09:11
this is AWESOME- makes my heart happy to see the young people ( people in General) living life in Gaza!! - our hearts are with you - our brothers and sisters.... may God show favor on you, and give you strength!

5 ) M.K / Sweden
23/12/2009 14:27
@Saleh

With all due respect. What does this event have to do with Hamas? Should they forbid people to make musical events?

6 ) Reema / Palestine
27/12/2009 16:12
very nice Gazans need sush activities

7 ) American Friend Of Palestine / USA
31/12/2009 04:03
I've come to see rap as a "spoken word" art form...a kind of poetry. It gives people/young people a chance to express themselves...in a way that they wouldn't be able to...if it didn't exist. As long as it doesn't promote low achievement/bad values, is an outlet/"good fun"...it's ok. BUT...young people/all people who like rap...MUST remember HIGHER art forms: singing & playing real instruments...AND listen to OTHER kinds of music. A young person/society should NOT revolve around rap music alone.

8 ) Astrid / Norway
12/01/2010 13:36
This was a great event. it is highly recomendet to support youth in Gaza.
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