Model Role Details

DAM

DAM

Sector : Cultural Figures , Bands

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1999
  • Age : 16
  • Curriculum vitae :

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DAM is the first Palestinian Hip-Hop group. Based in the Major Arab city of Lod, Palestine. DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamar and Suhell Nafar and their friend Mahmoud Jreri. The group's name is the Arabic verb for "to last forever/eternity" (دام) and the Hebrew word for "blood" (דם), but can also be an acronym for "Da Arabian MCs." The Arabic word for "blood" (دم) is spelled similarly, but without an alif.

DAM rhymes primarily in Arabic, but it also rhymes in English and Hebrew to widen its audience appeal. DAM's single "Born Here" is in Hebrew, for example. The group collaborated with Israeli rock band Shotei Hanevuah on the song "Generations Demand Peace." On November 17, 2006, the group released its first album, Dedication. They appeared on Al Jazeera's program From Washington on June 4, 2007, during a report on Arabic Pop-rap.

DAM have been featured on various songs, of these "The Narcicyst featuring DAM - Galb Kalbi"

The group has had various tours, including USA and Canada, and hopes to do so in April 2011, as they head to USA once more.

Despite not having a formal recording contract, DAM's 2001 single "Meen Erhabe?"—"Who's the Terrorist?"—was downloaded more than a million times from its Web site.

In 2004 DAM released a single called "Born Here" in Arabic and Hebrew. The song was released with a videoclip directed by Juliano Mer-Khamis and produced by the mixed cities in Israel organization Shatil.

The group featured Amany, a 16-year-old Egyptian, on its 2008 release.

DAM completed its first album, Dedication, in 2006 and is featured in the documentary film Slingshot Hip Hop, directed by Jackie Salloum, about the emerging Palestinian hip hop scene.

DAM initially performed in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, winning many fans among both Palestinians and Israelis. Since then, DAM's music gained the attention of European and American audiences, and the group performed in the United States, England, Germany, Italy, and several other countries, making four European tours.

The group's lyrics often deal with the frustration at the feeling of being second-class citizens in Israel and other issues familiar to hip hop fans around the world, including drug-related violence. The group's live performances feature images of Israeli soldiers clashing with stone-throwing Palestinians.

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Achievements and Awards

Albums:

- 2006: Ihda' (Dedication)
- 2011: New Album coming out around May

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