In November 2015, Musicians without Borders organized a rap workshop leader training for Palestinian rappers. After an incredible training week with Dutch rappers and spoken word artists Manu and Guus (Kern Koppen), the five rappers Abed, Mohammad A., Nadim, Mohammad G. and Ahmad organized several series of rap workshops for children in their communities, including refugees, orphans, and children with chronic diseases. In March 2016, Guus and Manu came back to Palestine to perform together with the rap workshop leaders and the children in four different locations.
Abed and Mohamad from Arub and Dheisheh refugee camps teach a group of children, some with serious illnesses, at the al-Sadeel Society for Palliative Care in Bethlehem. They learned this exercise in the rap training week with Dutch rappers and spoken words artists Guus (Kern Koppen) and Manu. The children are exploring different beats while keeping a steady tempo.
This short video was made by Soud Homaidi from Dheisheh refugee camp, one of the rap workshop leaders in our program who gave workshops to deaf children at the Ephphetha School for the Deaf. Together with workshop leaders Mohammad and Hisham from the same refugee camp, he taught the children to write, produce and perform their own raps in a unique way to express their hopes and dreams.
Meet school teacher Afaf from Shu’afat refugee camp and learn how she is using music in her classroom after participating in the music leadership training from Musicians without Borders.
Halimeh Sarabtah is deaf, but that didn’t stop her from realizing her dream and study special education, so she can help children with special needs, blind and deaf. And now, also with music. Halimeh followed the Music Workshop Leadership training of Musicians without Borders and Holy Land Trust in Palestine which allowed her to incorporate music into her work.
“I am deaf, but I am able to say what’s on my mind. Erase your tears, do not cry. I am not indignant. Your sadness for me is a knife in my heart. I want you to actually know me.” – Halimeh
The video-clip is created by a close cooperation between deaf youth and Palestinian refugees, and tells about the personal challenges of deaf youth.
“Stop making factories that produce bombs. . . make studios that produce music.” A video by Joel Tarman about the rap project in Musicians without Borders’ program in Palestine.
An overview of the programs in the Palestine project.
A short film about the rap project in the refugee camps.