DAM

DAM is a Palestinian hip-hop group. Based in Lod, Israel, DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suhell Nafar and their friend Mahmoud Jreri. Their songs are largely about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and poverty. The group’s name is the Arabic verb for “to last forever/eternity” and the Hebrew word for “blood”, but can also be an acronym for “Da Arabian MCs”.

DAM raps primarily in Arabic, but also in English and Hebrew. DAM has released more than 100 singles and two albums (‘Dedication’ and ‘Dabke On The Moon’ as well as an EP (Street Poetry). DAM’s lyrics are largely protest-driven, and their songs centre around fighting oppression, Israeli occupation, racism, poverty, drugs, and women’s rights.