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Ska-P's Intifada Jams to the Beat of Palestine's TruthTim King Salem-News.com
They Can Leave or Die is Israel's Genocidal Message to Palestinians; more bands worldwide are speaking out.
(SALEM, Ore.) - I recently told you about the jumping hip hop music coming out of Palestine. In that report I talked about how rappers in this occupied nation have no time to sing about the things western rappers wrap their words around.
These are serious people; the music is about losing land to political oppression, having family members killed by Israeli police and military, and the destruction of things like family homes and 200-year old olive trees and other crops.
The good news is that these Arab rappers aren't alone in raising their voices about the plight of the Palestinian people. While the Arab hip hop bands dominate Israeli radio, interestingly, other bands like Ska-P are taking the message to the masses.
The band that is easily the top Ska band in the world, at least everywhere but the USA, Ska-P, sounds so good I can hardly describe it.
Of course that explains their immense popularity in places like Spain, the rest of Europe and South America. The band's name by the way, is pronounced esˈkape in English. The band was first formed in 1994.
I see this as a Spanish Ska Rage Against the Machine; very tuned in politically, Ska-P has always been very clear about political views. Their songs often center around the importance and necessity of human rights. They want to see the abolishment of the death penalty, they're very down on social injustice, and they are serious about opposing Zionism, Fascism, capitalism, and laws criminalizing the use of cannabis. The band also takes up animal rights; they are trying to bring about an end to bullfighting in their home country of Spain.
According to Wikipedia:
This is the western-world version of Intifada which by the way, literally means 'to shake off', has English subtitles, though it is performed in Spanish.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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