Heralded as “the spokesman of a new generation”, DAM began working together in the late 1990s as the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighbourhood of Lyd, they were inspired to tell their stories through this new medium. Bringing together a unique combination of Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and hip-hop, DAM has grown to become one of the most influential acts of the Middle East’s urban music scene. In 2016 Maysa Daw officially joined the group with the release of their first single “#Who_You_R” an incendiary critique of gender roles and social hypocrisy. Captivating and cunning, the group has been featured in Rolling Stone, Vibe, Q, Reuters, and The New York Times, and has appeared on MTV, CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera.
Recently signing with UK label Cooking Vinyl (Goldie, Groove Armada, Trio Joubran, 47Soul) they are gearing to release their new album “Between Hannah and Mannah” and will be playing at Band on the Wall as part of their highly-anticipated England album release tour.
For their UK tour, they will be joined by their live band featuring singer, songwriter & pianist Nancy Mkaabal and DJ Bruno Cruz.
Opening for DAM on this tour is none other than DJ Sotusura. The ever-cunning and creative DJ’s canny ability to mix classic Arabic samples with hip hop, as well as his dexterity on the turntables, has allowed him to emerge as one of the most proactive members of the Middle East’s regional hip-hop scene over the past 15 years.
DAM’s 2019 UK tour is supported by Arts Council England.
Band on the Wall is wheelchair accessible.
This is a standing show.