Have you heard the Palestine Lied?
May 31, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht
Rumours have been twittering all day as to who the big celebrity will be on the next Gaza flotilla. The best best is Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and a veteran pro-Pal activist.
Meantime, a bunch of international bandsters have been doing the Geldof thing – ‘Sing out for Palestine’ – for release in the first week of July.
‘More than six million refugees/This could be you and your family…’ runs the opening stanza, heedless of history, reality, poetry. In case you hadn’t figured it out yourself, illegal occupation is a cheap rhyme for political segregation.
The artists involved are Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Dave Randall (Slovo/Faithless), LSK, the Durban Gospel Choir, members of the London Community Gospel Choir, Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap) and more. You can hear a preview here, if you’re in the mood for a bit of amateur agit-prop.
I’ve listened to the song twice and remain puzzled. With talent of this order on board it shouldn’t have sounded like bottom-drawer propaganda – a takeoff on one of the low comic moments from Mel Brooks’s The Producers – this one, perhaps. Enjoy.
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