Thursday, September 3, 2009

Detroit-based hip hop artist Invincible reps BDS, US Campaign

Check out the video from Detroit-based hip hop artist Invincible, for her track "People Not Places," which was the winner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's "Best Recorded Audio" award in our Expressions of Nakba art competition (not to mention being named "Greatest Hip-Hop Song for Palestine Ever" by blogger Will at KABOBfest). The video is directed by Iqaa The Olivetone and features Suhell Nafar from the Palestinian hip hop group Dam and Abeer (aka Sabrina Da Witch). It also features a background appearance from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's fancy banner, right around minute 4:00 (try not to be bowled over with excitement). The video also includes testimonies from Palestinians and others who share their own experiences of displacement and loss of identity. Here's Invincible explaining what the song covers: "This song was inspired by and has been in the works since a conversation with my mom (or ima in Hebrew) 5 years ago, when I asked her if she missed "back home",(which she calls Israel) and she responded profoundly- "I miss people not places". I realized what a privilege it was to not miss a place and land that so many Palestinians have been displaced from. The song takes the listener on a journey through a haunted "birthright" tour where the buried Palestinian significance of each location comes to light. Along the route i expose the process of historic and continued colonization as being even deeper than land seizure and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, but one that is invested in erasing the Arabic language, culture, and memory. One of my main aims is to destroy the myth of a "Jewish birthright" to a land Palestinians are denied the Right of Return to." Check it out: Like that one? Here's another video from Invincible, this time spreading the word about boycott, divestment, and sanctions: Watch. Listen. Then get involved!