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Dam / Ihda' (Dedication
Album:Ihda' (Dedication Collection:Hip-hop
Artist:Dam Added:Mar 2011
Label:Redcircle Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-04-07 Pull Date:2012-06-09 Charts:Hip-Hop
Week Ending:Jun 10Jun 3May 27May 13May 6Apr 29Apr 22Apr 15

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 05, 2022:New World Disorder (rebroadcast from Jun 2, 2012)
Inkilab (Revolution)
4.Mar 14, 2013:Arabology
Ngh'ayer Bukra (Change Tomorrow)
2.Feb 20, 2014:Arabology
Kalimat (Words)
5.Dec 06, 2012:Arabology
Mali Huriye (I Don't Have Freedom)
3.Sep 28, 2013:Music Casserole
Ya Sayidati (My Lady)
6.Jun 09, 2012:New World Disorder
Al Huriye Unt'a (Freedom For My Sisters)

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2012-03-27 
DAM, Ihda’ (Dedication) (Redcircle Music, 2006)
Reviewed by Abu Ramses
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN (I didn’t catch any FCCs in the Arabic; only DJ Ramzi Salti will notice if I missed something.)

DAM (Da Arab MCs or “to persist” or “to last forever” in Arabic) – with Tamer Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri & Suhell Nafar– is the first Palestinian-Israeli rap group. They hail from Lydda – a drug-infested, Arab-Jewish slum town that rivals East Oakland or the South Bronx. They are Palestinian nationalists, but work with Jewish rappers, mixers, and sound engineers (2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13). They promote women’s rights (7) and rap with Abeer al-Zinati (3, 12) who is prominent in some of their later work and other women (2, 7, 9).

Try 2, 7, 8, 10, 11


1. Mukadime (Introduction) - Excerpts of a speech by former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser. Scratches by DJ Alarm – 1:32
2. Mali Huriye (I Don’t Have Freedom) - Intersperses a debka folk melody with rap, child’s voice at end. “Everywhere I go I see borders, imprisoning humanity. Why can’t I be free like other children in this world?” – 3:37
3. Ngh'ayer Bukra (Change Tomorrow) – Features children of Lydda singing the theme song from the TV series (Avodah Aravit/Arab Work) – 4:03
4. Warde (Rose - slang for brother) – Feat. Saz and Jamil Nafar; ney (flute) and accordion backup – 4:10
5. Inkilab (Revolution) – Feat. Suhell Nafar. Remarkably melodic for such a hard-core topic. In English: If that’s a revolution, find me a solution.” - 4:26
6. Ya Sayidati (My Lady) Feat. Suhell Fodi. Intro like a classical mawwal vocal; then pretty steady beat to 4:32; ends with oud improv – 5:22
7. Al Huriye Unt'a (Freedom for my Sisters) – With Safa’ Hathoot from “Arapyat” (Arabs, fem.) “Lift up your head my sister!” Slow beat -5:22
8. Da Dam (It's Dam) – “da dam, da da da dam” – Classic fast rap - 4:24
9. Hibuna Ishtruna (Love us, Buy us) – With opera singer Karem Matar – 4:46
10. Mes Endroits (My Hood) - Featuring Nikkfurie from La Caution. Transnational rap. Lebanese folk song “Bint al-shalabiyya in background” makes this one of the more distinctively Arab sounds on the CD – 4:04
11. Usset Hub (A Love Story) – Feat. Rawda Suliman & Ibrahim Sakallah. Kanun backup; excerpt from song “Zaman” by Egyptian, Hisham ‘Abbas. Complex - 4:18
12. G'areeb Fi Bladi (Stranger in My Own Country) – Feat. Amal Bsharat. Begins with excerpt from poem “Unadikum” (I Call You) recited by the poet, the late Tawfiq Zayyad, former mayor of Nazareth. Most political track of the album.
13. Kalimat (Words) – Plaintive song about Jerusalem (made famous by Fairouz) in the background – 4:25
14. Sawa' Al Zaman (Driver of Fate) – Song composed for Hany Abu Assad’s film ”Ford Transit.” Oud solos on breaks. “Take me to the homeland, freedom, hope, etc.” - 3:32
15. Ihda' (Dedication) - Feat. Ibrahim Sakallah. Mid-tempo “This is dedicated to every human being who lives in the dark… This is dedicated to my people, to my land, to my country”– 4:54

Track Listing
1.Mukadime (Introduction) 8.Da Dam (It's Dam)
2.Mali Huriye (I Don't Have Freedom) 9.Hibuna Ishtruna (Love Us And Buy Us)
3.Ngh'ayer Bukra (Change Tomorrow) 10.Mes Endroits (My Hood)
4.Warde (Flower - Slang For Brother) 11.Usset Hub (A Love Story)
5.Inkilab (Revolution) 12.G'areeb Fi Bladi (Stranger In My Own Country)
6.Ya Sayidati (My Lady) 13.Kalimat (Words)
7.Al Huriye Unt'a (Freedom For My Sisters) 14.Sawa' Al Zaman (Driver Of Fate)
 15.Ihda' (Dedication)