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Jaffa Phonix

Jaffa Phonix

Sector : Cultural Figures , Bands

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  • Country of residence : Egypt
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 2003
  • Age : 13
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Jaffa Phonix are a Palestinian band whose music consists basically of electronica, hip hop and big beat. The current band members are Faisal Abu Ghaben (composer/vocalist), Ali Abu Ghaben (lyricist/vocalist), DJ Feedo (turntablist). They were described by English music critic Richard Woffenden as the first Arabian dance music band.

The Ghaben brothers are Palestinian refugees who were born in Kuwait and had to flee to Egypt after the Gulf War, because of the PLO's support of Saddam Hussein.

The lyrics on their first album, Resolution 194, dealt with the Palestinian refugees' cause and the destruction of the Palestinian society after Nakba. After several live performances, the band started to deviate from hip hop bit by bit to a style combining big beat and dance instrumentals with varied lyrical elements.

Jaffa Phonix first emerged from the underground hip/hop scene in Egypt, and garnered mainstream recognition after a track from their first album, "Osti" (My Story), was played on the Egypt's biggest radio station, Nile FM.

The band's most remarkable performance took place in Cairo, November 24, 2006, in front of almost 15,000 people at the second SOS music festival.

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