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Dandara CD
Dandara CD


 
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The Madaa Silwan Creative Center in Silwan, East Jerusalem, is home to an exciting new project where eight local Palestinian teenagers are learning to rap with guidance from Tamer Nafar, of the Palestinian rap group DAM. Together, they are known as Dandara, and Tamer has high hopes for their achievements.


The centre was established in 2007 by the Palestinian residents of Silwan to provide a safe space for children and teenagers to express themselves in educational and recreational ways. For the members of Dandara, the rap workshops provide an opportunity for them to talk and rap about their lives in Silwan.


The participants in the workshop are inspired by Arabic rap, particularly (and somewhat predictably!) the music of DAM. They also rap about great Palestinian and Arab poets: in their song ‘Kitab Kitabi’, meaning ‘the writing of my book’, which is also an Arabic phrase for marriage, they mention Mahmoud Darwish, Tamim Barghouti, and Ghassan Khanafani. This song discusses the problem of the erasing of Palestinian history from schoolbooks through the metaphor of marriage.


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