Monday, March 12, 2012

Musical & political collaboration between South African & Palestinian musicians

In a first ever musical collaboration between South African & Palestinian musicians, South African band, The Mavrix, & Palestinian Oud player, Mohammed Omar, have released a music video called "The New Black". The song is taken from The Mavrix' upcoming album,"Pura Vida", due for release in June 2012. Written & composed by Jeremy Karodia & Ayub Mayet, the song was a musical reaction to the horror of the Gaza Massacre of 2008/2009 & then subsequently inspired by the book "Mornings in Jenin", authored by Susan Abulhawa. Mayet penned the first lyrics in 2009 after the massacre & the song went into musical hibernation. Having read the novel, "Mornings in Jenin", he then re-wrote the lyrics & the song evolved into its current version.

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