Music and other arts are
flowering for the
"Music is the universal language which crosses religious and ethnic barriers and brings people together," say Musicians for Harmony -- http://www.musicians4harmony.org/ -- who give "concerts to promote peace among nations."
And listen to others:
"Music is the vernacular of the human soul."
"Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul."
"I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."
At Northwestern University
just last night -- Thursday, January 5, 2006 --
contemporary beatbox music exploded for a standing
room only audience attending "From Tel Aviv to
Adva Saldinger ( A-Saldinger@northwestern.edu ) co-founder of the sponsor
Fatima Alloo, another of the groups co-founders, said there is a silent barrier and a sense of intimidation that exists between Muslim and Jewish students.
We want people to realize there are more things that bring us together than bring us apart, Alloo said.
Saldinger added: "Our goal is to get people to think differently, to be open to new perspectives and different ideas and to recognize the similarities and the humanity of people, regardless of what side of the conflict theyre on, or their religion or nationality."
See today's school newspaper's front page article:
See how music matters and "clubbing together has the power to break down barriers."
Where you live, make a new kind of music. . .always together.
Published in The Jewish Week (
On the Web at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=11584
Coexistence, With A Groove
DJ summit in
Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian spinners for a night away from the conflict.
Joshua Mitnick - Israel Correspondent
Jerusalem It was a tripped-out electro-vision of
In the Holy Citys leading disco last week, dove cutouts hovered above the dance floor, illuminated by hazy green and yellow spotlights. Belly dancers clad in shiny bikini tops swiveled their hips while Israeli clubbers hopped to the hard-thumping house beats. Bartenders wrapped keffiyah scarves over their shoulders.
The heady scene was in honor of a first-ever disc jockey summit that brought together a triumvirate of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian turntable luminaries. And although the pickup vibe at the club, Haoman 17, wouldnt exactly befit buttoned-up diplomats, a sense of protocol was not forgotten: hanging over the DJ booth was an Israeli flag flanked on either side by a Palestinian and a Jordanian flag.
The lineup moved from the commercial rhythms of Ramallahs Khalil Kamal to the Arabic groove of Tel Avivs Srulik Einhorn and concluded with the progressive house beat from Jordans Morad Kalice.
In a city shattered by regular terrorist bombings over the five-year Palestinian uprising, the evening underscored how Israels capital has liberated itself at least for the time being from the taboos of daily conflict.
Its putting the enemy in the DJ spot, and anyway, hes not the enemy, hes just the guy spinning the records, said Arik, a 27-year-old journalist after leaving the club.
To be sure, the Israeli-Arab summit got a more positive reception in a scene where a good party is a much more compelling draw than the ideological blood feud that divides each respective society.
Its clubbers. Basically theyre either drunk or popping pills, added the journalist.
But over the last five years, there has been virtually no place in
Even though Haoman has sought to remain open despite tense periods, it too closed its doors for a month in 2002, after several of its regulars were killed in a suicide bombing at Jerusalems Moment Café.
We didnt think people should come to dance when people and our friends are dying on the streets. We didnt feel like partying in those days, said Omri Heilvronner, head of promotions for the club. The situation in
The summit was the brainchild of Einhorn, a 26-year-old turntable DJ who helped spur the popularization of electronic Arabic music in Tel Aviv bars and clubs. After years of playing the music, he began trying to make contact with DJs in neighboring Arab countries. Einhorn visited
An attempt to bring the Jordanian DJ to
But instead of Tel Aviv, Einhorn decided on a more provocative location for the party:
Its a nice event of cooperation, and its never been done in the region, he said. Also, being in
Although many Arab artists have shunned visits to
With parents hailing from
Im into music, so politics doesnt interest me, he said. The message that I want to bring to the people is that music should bring people together.
If the overwhelmingly Israeli crowd at the Haoman show was any indication, that ideal is still a ways off in the
But Ramallahs Kamal said he was less concerned about the demographics of the crowd than the Palestinian flag and the reception.
It was cool. It was the first time I was in such an atmosphere with a Jewish crowd. I was afraid that they wouldnt accept me because Im an Arab. But they accepted everything I played, he said.
It wasnt only music. It was the only night that we felt there was no difference between Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian. We hope that they will feel that way on the street.
Outside the club, Raja Kalebo, a Palestinian friend of Kamals explained that Arabs from
If you go out with someone, you change your opinion of them. You see their good side, he said. Its a special feeling, but between us, I wish it were real, meaning that it would be deep in peoples hearts rather than just a passing party.