palestine; music; rap; khatibeh khamseh; camps; lebanon

Katibeh Khamseh

These newcomers on the Lebanese rap scene hail in actual fact from Palestine, but have spent their young existence in the refugee camps of Borj el Barajneh.

Their incendiary prose and hard-edged beats, however, do not confine themselves to their geopolitical surroundings; quite the opposite, these five (as their "street" moniker indicates) young men look and rap beyond the events of their daily life, taking in the political state of their country(ies), the social condition of the youth and education, to name but a few. Providing their fiery lyrics with a near-perfect shield of beats and rhythms is Zeid Hamdane, the man behind Lebanese band Soapkills, with able assistance from sound engineer Fadi ‘Fe’ Tabbal.

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