News that President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent shock waves through the region. For a growing group of musicians and music industry professionals, it was another reminder of how difficult it will be to attain their goal - exporting Palestinian music and culture on an international scale. Veteran music journalist Larry LeBlanc tells their story.
By Larry LeBlanc of Celebrity Access
After the success of the Palestine Music Expo (PMX) in 2017 and preceding next year’s event, co-founder of the expo, Rami Younis, and music journalist, Juliette Jagger, provide insight into what it is like to export Palestinian music and culture on an international scale and to the masses.
Had it accomplished nothing else, PMX 2017 would still be a success for having spotlighted the fact that there is a Palestinian music scene and it is very much alive.
It is also important to note that despite a limited local musical infrastructure, PMX prevailed, and that’s because the underlying point of this event isn’t occupation, it’s about the fact that with fewer resources at their disposal than most, these musicians have found a way to create a community around themselves.
“a revelation” … I never expected to find such a pool of international quality talent in such a small, troubled country,”
"the current generation of Palestinians is sick and tired of traditional means of cultural resistance"
The next Palestine Music Expo will be held April 10-14, 2018.