16 October 2009


I'm away out the door myself now. For those unaware, today is the live link up with Gaza from Dublin, Ireland. Two cities, one concert!! So proud of the Irish humanitarians, Caoimhe Butterly, Treasa Ni Cheannabhain, and John Ging from UNWRA who are in THIS promo video for the concert tonight interviewing Palestinians, up the Irish!

It's gonna be grand:) Palestinian groups in Gaza and Irish groups in Dublin all performing for both audiences, yea!! There are some absolutely brilliant performers. Inside Gaza the concert will take place on the 3rd floor of the Ministry of Education, in Dublin it's the Tripod. Here's the info, followed by some music videos of the artists, for those who cannot attend, you can get yourself a cold Guinness, sit back, put on your Irish dancing shoes, or Palestinian dancing shoes, and listen to the videos whilst you think of the fun taking place in Gaza for a change:) First this info:
On 16th October, Dublin will extend the hand of friendship to the besieged city of Gaza when a very special concert will be transmitted from Tripod in Dublin LIVE to an audience in Gaza City – Two cities, One concert.

Celebrated Irish musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lumiere, Kíla, Naisrin and Zahara El Safty will be joined on the bill by Palestinian singer Shadia Mansour, renowned political activist Iraqi/English Rapper MC Lowkey who will be joined by the Dublin based Discovery Gospel Choir . A night of brilliant music with a big message, the concert will be broadcast live on a big screen in Gaza city allowing the people of Gaza to enjoy the concert in Dublin and they in turn will say something to the Irish audience.

The evening will celebrate culture and use the power of music to unite people both in Ireland and in the besieged city of Gaza. The organizers hope to focus attention on the ongoing siege in Gaza and also raise much needed funds for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of Gaza.

Filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn recently returned from filming in Gaza and will screen some of her footage from this visit, showing the remaining devastation nine months on from the January attacks. Irish activist Caoimhe Butterly will also speak on the night about her experience working on the ambulances during the January attacks in Gaza.
NEXT: have your own concert!! Enjoy these groups below that will play tonight in Dublin for Gaza, first listed are the Irish groups followed by some Palestinian/Arabic hip hop and rapper groups who will perform in Ireland. Dont miss Shadia Mansour and LOWKEY'S video and song on Gaza below, it's a must see! You can scroll past the irish performers and go stragith to Shadia and Lowkey if you want:)
Liam Ó Maonlaí Traditional Irish, one of my favorite old songs!!Traditional song with an updated modern twist!!

KILA, I love these guys!! they have a Killer bodhrán player (that's the Irish drum held in hand and played) a progressive Irish band, mix of traditional music, rick and some very arabic sounding additions.

next Discovery Gospel Choir A gospel choir rare entity in Ireland

next Lumiere beautiful Irish voices and harmony, off their latest Album, The West Is Awake

Shadia Mansour Arabic Rapper hip hop AWESOME STUFF LISTEN