The conflict that has been going between Palestine and Israel has quite a long story. Opinions about it are diverse and the whole thing is complicated.
At the end of the day, there are people living in these war zones. Each and every day their lives are affected by the nonsense decisions of a few people. No one should have to live like this. Not Palestinians. Not Israelis. No one.
MC Abdul (real name Abdalrahman Alshantti) is a 12 year old artist from Palestine who decided to put his pained thoughts into lyrics and try to reach the outside world and show how life can be in this terrible place.
“I’m exhausted Last night I couldn’t sleep And when I did I could hear bombs in my dreams nightmare situation how could they be so evil making martyrs out of children and innocent people”
It’s fair to say that this young person is doing quite a good job at using his voice to change and affect the world through his art. MC Abdul already has a record deal with Empire, a label and distribution company founded by Palestinian-American Ghazi Shamiand, whose headquarters are in San Francisco, USA.
Hopefully the world can keep learning more about the situation in this part of the world through the beautiful art of this young man.
Since the 2019 release of the spectacular album Songs Of Our Native Daughters we have been following the outstanding and powerful voice of Amythyst Kiah as well as the voices of her fellow musicians that made up the band behind the album, namely Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell.
Now Kiah has reimagined and reshaped one of the standout tracks on the before mentioned album, a song she herself had been carrying around in her mind for some time before releasing it with the band.
Black Myself is a powerful expression of how it can be to live life as a black LGBTQ+ woman in the Southern parts of the US and one of the singles of Kiah’s newly released album Wary + Strange.
“I don’t pass the test of the paper bag ‘Cause I’m black myself I pick the banjo up and they sneer at me ‘Cause I’m black myself You better lock your doors when I walk by ‘Cause I’m black myself You look me in my eyes but you don’t see me ‘Cause I’m black myself”
Kiah’s voice soars and rips through the song in front of hard hitting drums and groovy strings. This woman is a star in the making and fortunately, it seems she will use her talents, in future projects, to make a positive impact and create change in this world. Check out the song below and be sure to check out her new album via her webpage.
In Turkey, rapper Şehinşah was recently detained by local authorities for allegedly insulting the president in two of his songs. Şehinşah wrote on his Twitter account: “On my way home, I was detained at the airport for insulting the President. I am in detention again.”
In another tweet Şehinşah describes his frustration over these continuous detentions and promises to soon release a protest song.
According to the State of Artistic Freedom 2021, published by Freemuse, several artists have been oppressed and attacked by Turkish authorities and “experienced legal prosecution under Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (Insulting the President of the Republic) and also the 1991 Anti-Terror Law (no. 3713/TMK). Both laws have been used to legitimise state repression against opposing ideas and individuals.”