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Rim Banna: The voice of Palestine | Al Jazeera World

This is the story of a much-loved Palestinian singer-songwriter whose life encompasses creativity, artistic success, political activism and personal tragedy.

Rim Banna was born into a creative family in Nazareth in 1966. Her mother was the Palestinian poet Zouhaira Sabbagh and she was raised listening to famous artists like Fairuz. At 16, she was deeply affected by the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres, something that would later heavily influence her music. She studied at a conservatory in Moscow and her own compositions often put Palestinian poems, including her mother’s, to music.

Banna began her career recording Palestinian children’s songs, but her powerful and emotional music ultimately reached an international audience. In 2003, she sang on the Lullabies from the Axis of Evil album, through which female singers from the Middle East, Norway, North Korea, Cuba and Afghanistan sent an anti-war message to a world embroiled in the Iraq War.

Banna’s music is poetic and emotional; her political message uncompromising. She often performed in colourful embroidered gowns and her songs focused on Palestinian suffering, especially in the West Bank.

She was a genuine artistic talent, but her life was tragically cut short. In 2009, Banna was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a nine-year battle with a terminal illness, she died on March 24, 2018. Thousands attended her funeral in Nazareth where she was born 51 years before.

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    Thankfully my country and government does not recognise this place or people . We do recognise Jerusalem as the only capital of the state of Israel .

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    UNCENSORED TAIWAN

    UAE donot approve it

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    Aladdin Loves Jasmin

    rim banana

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    Arabic is a beautiful language.

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    Sorry mam, the world is busy with Armenia

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    Rediscovering Food

    One who says music has no language is amazing. This sound is amazing I waanna use in my next YouTube contents. Will there be copyright issues?? 😅

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    Watch PALWATCH channel for more examples of ar b music and poetry. Hypocrites !!

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    So sad. Hope she felt peace. RIP

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    Free Palestine.

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    Freedom to love to speak to sing what's in your heart, to feel the words of the song soak thru your soul , beautiful the sound , I feel it all around , 1969 LOVE AND PEACE NOT WAR , a movement in history tho it was full of drugs and hippies , it worked at one of the biggest concerts of all time .
    It was called WOODSTOCK .
    Music heals

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    Bobby Fischer (chess champion)….. was right.
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    Free Palestine!!!!!…………………………………….from the river to the sea!!!

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    if this dude is trying to score points with trump he needs to make a 5 page picture book.

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    1O310_shreya Gupta

    I am with isreal. Long live isreal and I hope Jerusalem doesn't fall into hands of these idiot. Hail isreal

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    SHAMIM ASHRAF SIDDIQUE

    al jajera, kill the black cat at dark

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