Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Oktoberfest with First Rock Rap Band in Palestine

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Oktoberfest with First Rock Rap Band in Palestine

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More than 10,000 people attended Taybeh Oktoberfest 2009, held Oct. 3 and 4 in the ancient village of Taybeh-Ramallah. The Octoberfest blended the traditional and revolutionary when, on Saturday night, CultureShoc, Palestine's first rock rap band, rocked Taybeh with music beyond the norm in the Palestinian music scene.

Lead rapper Suleiman Harb said the release of some extraordinary new songs on the radio was carefully timed to follow the holy month of Ramadan. Lead singer Amira B. Dibsy said that CultureShoc had created songs and music arrangements "exclusive to us [Palestinians] and an experience like no other...imagine a mix of Arabic-Oriental-Western sounds, blending the essence of rock, hip-hop and rap....the result is the shock we bring you with each and every song containing an identity of its own and telling a story of its own...beats that will make you sway from side to side or make you want to JUMP!"

This amazing new band also includes handsome lead and rhythm guitarist and composer Ahmad Al Sharif, Apo Sahagian, bass player Amer Yaghmur and Souheil Abu el Said on drums. The band members admit that fate and luck brought them together, in addition to their desire to bring something new to the music scene in Palestine. …

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