Insanity is breaking out around the world. From the bomb scares in New York and the continued police brutality against innocent blacks across the US to the massacre of thousands in Syria and the constant, continued oppression of Palestinians – we have a lot of work to do. It is our time to take a stance and let our voices be heard. At the same time – sometimes we need to take a moment to breathe, remember that we are human, focus on what is important and how to achieve those goals. Personally, I find it very challenging to do so this time of year. The weather is getting colder, everyone is back in their routine and constantly busy – reflection is tough while action is continuing and the work isn’t paused. We must not lose our sight of our hopes, dreams, and end mission.
Writing helps re-focus my mind, but in order to truly reflect, I listen to music. Music has a way of tapping into different emotions and readjusting our thoughts. I listen to all kinds of music – blues, hip-hop, traditional Arabic music, rap, etc. – and I am constantly searching for something new to inspire me. With this is mind, I wanted to share a powerful protest rap by the band “Revolution Makers” from Gaza. The song which came out only a few months ago, called “What is Going On?,” is a cry of frustration with the occupation, despair for the treatment they receive, and yet still representing hope for a better future.
It is insane how these struggles persist. Day after day, month after month, year after year. The song represents unity, strength and the necessary will to survive that we Palestinians are forced to embrace. Listen to the song, grasp the lyrics and continue the reflection, action and pursuit of goals.
Here is the song with lyrics and subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLjm6P8Be9IK8UVcQOHlopH4vo1zvdf2NO&v=2eS-XguU1QA
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, ya shabab, and if you have any song recommendations, please leave in comments!