Gaza hip hop duo Revolution Makers carve their music out of daily hardships

Palestinian youth in Gaza continue to send their message to the world in every way possible. This happens to be my favourite.  In this hip hop performance, Revolution Makers express a deep frustration with Palestinian division and the lack of leadership. They sing ‘What`s going on your Excellency? 
Our people forgot the occupation of their homeland and are preoccupied with electricity’. They remind us of how the pressing daily needs of people in Palestine especially in Gaza has reshaped their ambition and reduced their dreams to wanting electricity and clean water. The focus has shifted away from liberation and an end to occupation to wanting to improve the conditions of the world’s largest open air prison known as Gaza. The song is beautifully written and delivered and contains a message we all need to pay attention to.

[See English translation of Lyrics beneath the video]

(chorus)

We wish for a life

Where our blood

Is not the cheapest commodity

Where our days

Are better than our yesterdays

We want to live

Dream of our future

And be for one another

My brothers

 

(First Verse)

For years

I wished to speak up

When I finally did

I wronged my brother

I crushed him and kept on walking,

It wasn`t my intention

But he used to wrong me

Every day treat me like a criminal

He judged me

We are used to inventing patience

Turning ruins into paradise

See life so beautiful

Despite the degradation

We live in chaos

Go to the grave without a visa

We say that’s ok

So long as we have no scandals

We knead tragedy before the cameras

With no shame

We expose those in needs

So we can we can help them

But we exploit them

How many times we chatter

We lecture

How often we stop

We argue

How often we chant

We hold to account

How often we feel afraid

We turn a blind eye

You ask me how to resolve this,

Where do we start

Ask yourself

How precious is your soul

So pay attention

Put yourself in a refugee camp

So you know where to start

Let’s feel there is dignity

And never give up

 

chorus

We wish for a life

Where our blood

Is not the cheapest commodity

Where our days

Are better than our yesterdays

We want to live

Dream of our future

And be for one another

My brothers

 

(Second verse)

what`s going on

Your Excellency

This country’s sons

Are rushing to leave

When will we end this saga

They prefer to reside

Outside

To build a future

Away from this humiliation

What`s going on your Excellency,

Our people forgot the occupation

Of their homeland

They’re preoccupied

With electricity

When will it run

Our people are occupied

By daily routines,

Work, electricity, solar

All are diminishing

On a daily basis

They don`t like my art

Because I describe reality

While singing

In a different style

They believe

Criticism of the system

Is forbidden

They are in power

In the name of you excellency

The great

Your  Excellency:

I find myself regressing

We need to change the vision

When it comes to unity

We don’t need outside help

Brothers can sort out problems

But they (outsiders) magnify the issues

So let’s ignore outside powers

Don’t pay them attention

 

(chorus)

We wish for a life

Where our blood

Is not the cheapest commodity

Where our days

Are better than our yesterdays

We want to live

Dream of our future

And be for one another

My brothers

One thought on “Gaza hip hop duo Revolution Makers carve their music out of daily hardships

  1. Ed September 25, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Great! Long live Palestine !

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