Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ramallah Underground Update

I got this a few days from Ramallah Underground on Facebook. I'm reproducing it with their permission. I've been a big fan of the group for several years, I play them often on my Interzone Radio show, and I almost got to meet one of the group in Ramallah last summer. My time in Palestine was too short.

A summary: a great new track to download for free; the group is doing a workshop for refugee camp youth; they will appear on the new album of the Kronos Quartet (!); they'll be in London this summer; participating in the prestigious Vienna Biennale. [Correction, April 9: RU member Basil Abbas and Ruanne (the group's VJ) will be doing a sound installation at the Venice Biennale.

Now if we could just get RU to tour the US...

Ramallah Underground Update:

New track: Sijen ib Sijen, available for download on

Coming up very soon, on the 6th and 7th of April, is a workshop in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, organized by Sports Under Siege from Italy, where we will be presenting our techniques in beat production. This will be followed by a performance on the 11th of April at the Ibdaa Center.

Kronos Quartet's upcoming album, Floodplain, will feature a piece, entitled 'Tashweesh', composed by Ramallah Underground.

Floodplain is set to be released on the 19th of May: Pre-order here.

We have just finished a remix for a track entitled "Brute force" by bleubird. Download Street talk 5 EP here.

Also out now is Chronicles of a Refugee, a 6 part DVD documentary looking at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. It can be purchased from the Palestine Online store ( The Documentary contains many bits and pieces from the RU labs.

This summer RU will be taking part in an artist residency in London from June 15th to Sep 15th, where we also plan to do some performances around the UK and Europe.

At this point, gigs that have been confirmed (includes before and after summer too):

Ibdaa Centre (Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Palestine) April 11 '09
Marxism Festival (London, UK) July 3 '09
Bluecoat (Liverpool, UK) July 17 '09
October Fest (Taybeh , Palestine) Oct 3 '09
Kronica (Bytom, Poland) Nov 27 '09

Please check "Live" on for updates.

Before the residency aswatt (RU) alongside Ruanne Abou-Rahme, will be creating a sound installation entitled 'Ramallah Syndrome' ( at the Venice Biennale which opens on the 6th of June.


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