Palestinian singers winning hearts and minds

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Mohammed Assaf, the 28-year-old singer, won the second series of “Arab Idol” in 2013. (Courtesy Flash Entertainment)
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The rapper Tamer Nafar formed the Palestinian group Dam with his younger brother Suhell, and Mahmoud Jreri. (AFP)
Updated 17 April 2018
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Palestinian singers winning hearts and minds

  • The group’s lyrics are influenced by the conflict with Israel
  • Dam’s music fuses Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies with urban hip-hop

LONDON: Mohammed Assaf, the 28-year-old singer, won the second series of “Arab Idol” in 2013, with one judge nicknaming him “Asaroukh” (“The Rocket”).
But the singer almost missed his chance at famer because of problems getting from Gaza to Egypt. Arriving too late to register, he began singing to the waiting contestants.
On hearing Assaf, contestant Ramadan Au Nahel, also a Palestinian, gave him his audition number, saying: “I know I won’t reach the finals, but you will.”

Tamer Nafar
The rapper formed the Palestinian group Dam with his younger brother Suhell, and Mahmoud Jreri.
The three men grew up in Lod, 20 kilometers from Jerusalem.
Dam’s music fuses Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies with urban hip-hop.
 


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.