A more physical kind of fight for freedom

The song and video ‘born here’ by DAM, a palestinian rap group, is an example of using hip-hop as the platform for a political manifesto. DAM highlight the everyday struggle of people in Palestine living under what they feel is an oppressive, racist regime in Israel. Hendrix’s action was more of a solemn, somewhat sarcastic yet emotional reflection on the contrast between what America claims its practices are and the reality. DAM is much more specific and militant about addressing the obstacles to their freedom and rally people to take to the streets and topple the Zionist regime. The contrast of music is typical in that in the 1960’s there were very general calls to action in many cases (like “if i had a hammer”) whereas in the 21st century political songs have become very specific in their goal of action.

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