Mahmoud was writing his own lyrics so they quickly decided to join forces and the group was born in 1999. All three members of the group were born and grew up in the slums of Lod, a mixed town of Arabs and Jews, 20 km from Jerusalem. DAM's music is a unique fusion of East and West, combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban Hip Hop. The lyrics of DAM are influenced by the continuing Israeli - Palestinian conflict as well as by the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality. DAM also draw their influence from such controversial issues as terrorism, drugs and women's rights.
Musically they take their inspiration from both Hip Hop artists (Nas, 2Pac, Mos Def, IAM, NTM, Saian Supa Crew, MBS etc.) and Arabic music (Marcel Khalifa,Kazem Saher,George Wassouf, Majda al Romi etc.) The songs, lyrics and music, are written and arranged by all members of the group and musically produced by them and other known producers. DAM's debut album "Stop Selling Drugs" was released locally in 1998, followed by the second album called "Min Irhabi" (“who's the terrorist?”) which was released in 2001. The controversial title track of this album was released on the net and more than 1 million people downloaded it within one month from the website ArabRap.Net. The song was also distributed free with Rolling Stone magazine in France and became a "street" anthem. It was also featured in a compilation in France with Manu Chao, Zebda, Noir Desir and many other top artists.
Furthermore, the lyrics of the song were taught in some Universities around the world because of their socio-political connotations, and were also used in pro-Palestinian demonstrations around the world. The growing international profile and interest in this unique band have led to participation in various films, events and collaborations including: - "Local Angel", a 2002 documentary by Israeli director and political activist Udi Aloni. - Appearance in “Forgiveness”, Udi Aloni’s latest film selected at the Berlin Festival 2006. - Key appearance in the documentary “Slingshot Hip Hop” about today’s Palestinian rap scene, by US director Jackie Salloum. - Key appearance in the documentary film "Channel of rage", by Anat Halahmi, that showed the Israeli-Palestine struggle from the Israeli and Palestinian Rappers’ point of view - Appearance in the soundtrack of the film “Ford Transit” by Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad, who won a golden Globe for his film “Paradise now”. - Participation in the photoshoot by Magnum/National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey about rap artists around the world. - Many live shows in Europe (France, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland etc.) and in the USA. 2) Dam (also Dãm) is an extreme metal band from England whose influences include Carcass, Emperor, Philip Glass, Kyuss, Death and Suffocation. They were signed to Candlelight Records thanks to a recommendation from Samoth (of Emperor and Zyklon), and have extensively toured in Europe and the UK with the likes of 1349, Napalm Death, Testament, Entombed, Decapitated, Cathedral, Obituary, Zyklon and Cephalic Carnage. Their first album, “Purity : The Darwinian Paradox”, received critical acclaim from Terrorizer (UK), Kerrang (UK), Rock-Hard (DE), and Legacy (DE) magazines. Their sophomore effort, “The Difference Engine” has also been released through Candlelight Records to widespread critical acclaim (Kerrang KKKK, Terrorizer 8/10) and is available worldwide through Plastichead Distribution. Line-up: Nathan Underwood (guitar/vocals) Brad Merry (drums) Daniel Rumbol (bass) Dan Knight (live guitar) 3) DAM is a Dark-Jazz / Nu-Jazz band from France signed with Def Xing label, an artist collective working on a free association basis. Their major work is LP "Un psychiatre a la plage" realeased on 2004. Read more on Last.fm.
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