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Rim Banna

Banna on the Album Cover for The Mirrors of my Soul
Born Nazareth
Occupation Singer-songwriter

Rim Banna born in Nazareth, she is a Palestinian singer, composer and arranger, well-known for her modern interpretations of traditional folk songs. Banna was born in Nazareth, where she graduated from Nazareth Baptist School in 1984. She currently lives in Nazareth with her husband, the artist Leonid Alexeienko, and their three children. [1] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Hebrew נָצְרַת (Natzrat) (Standard) Náẓərat Arabic الناصرة (an-Nāṣira) Name Meaning Ancient word in Hebrew Government City District North Population 64,800[1] (2006) Jurisdiction 14 200 dunams (14. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... Hebrew נָצְרַת (Natzrat) (Standard) Náẓərat Arabic الناصرة (an-Nāṣira) Name Meaning Ancient word in Hebrew Government City District North Population 64,800[1] (2006) Jurisdiction 14 200 dunams (14. ...


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Notable Palestinians

Hany Abu-Assad· Ibrahim Abu-Lughod
Yasser Arafat · Hanan Ashrawi
Mohammad Bakri · Rim Banna
Mahmoud Darwish · Emile Habibi
Nathalie Handal · Mohammed Amin al-Husseini
Faisal Husseini · Abd al-Qader al-Husseini
Ghassan Kanafani · Ghada Karmi
Leila Khaled · Rashid Khalidi
Walid Khalidi · Samih al-Qasim
Edward Said · Khalil al-Sakakini
Elia Suleiman · May Ziade
The following is a list of prominent Palestinians from Israel and Palestine, as well as Palestinian refugees living in other places. ... Hany Abu-Assad (b. ... Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (February 15, 1929 — May 23, 2001) was a Palestinian (later American) academic, characterised by Edward Said as Palestines foremost academic and intellectual[1] and by Rashid Khalidi as one of the first Arab-American scholars to have a really serious effect on the way the Middle... Not to be confused with Yasir Arafat (cricketer). ... Hanan Ashrawi Dr. Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi (born 8 October 1946 in Ramallah, Palestine) is a Palestinian Anglican scholar and political activist. ... Mohammed Bakri (also spelled Muhammad Bakri) is an Israeli Arab actor, film producer and film director. ... Mahmoud Darwish Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: ; born 1941 in Al-Birwah, British Mandate of Palestine) is a contemporary Palestinian poet and writer of prose. ... Emile Habibi (August, 1921 - May 3, 1996) was a Palestinian-Israeli writer and politician. ... Nathalie Handal (born July 29, 1969) is a Palestinian poet, writer and playwright and a literary researcher. ... Mohammad Amin al-Husayni Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (ca. ... Faisal Husseini Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini (Arabic: فيصل عبدالقادر الحسيني) (July 17, 1940 - May 31, 2001) was a Palestinian politician who was considered a possible future leader of the Palestinian people. ... Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni (alternatively spelt Abd al Qadir al Husseini) (1907-1948) was a Palestinian nationalist and fighter who in late 1933 founded the secret military group known as the Organization for Holy Struggle, (Munazzamat al-Jihad al-Muqaddas),[1] [2] which he... Ghassan Kanafani Ghassan Kanafani (غسان كنفاني, born April 9, 1936 in Acre, Palestine - died July 8, 1972 in Beirut, Lebanon) was a Palestinian writer and a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. ... —Ghada Karmi (1939- ) (Arabic: ‎) is a Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic. ... Leila Khaled in the 1970s Leila Khaled (Arabic: ; born April 9, 1944) is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), part of the secular, leftwing Palestinian rejectionist front. ... Rashid Khalidi (1950 - ) is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and the head of Columbias Middle East Institute. ... Walid Khalidi (1925- ) is a Palestinian historian who had written extensively on the Palestinian exodus and the 1948 Israeli-Arab War. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Edward Wadie Saïd (Arabic: , ; 1 November 1935 – 25 September 2003) was a Palestinian-American literary theorist and outspoken Palestinian activist. ... Khalil Sakakini Khalil al-Sakakini (خليل السكاكيني) (January 23, 1878 - August 13, 1953) was a distinguished Palestinian Jerusalemite educator, scholar, and poet. ... Elia Suleiman (born July 28, 1960 in Nazareth) is a Palestinian film director and actor. ... May Ziade (1886 - 1941) was born in Palestine (of the Ottoman Empire) in 1886. ...

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Banna first achieved popularity among Arab citizens in the early 1990s, after recording a number of Palestinian children's songs on the verge of being forgotten.[2] Many such songs and rhymes sung by Palestinian families again today, are said to be thanks to Rim Banna's work in preserving them via her recordings.[2]

For Banna - whose music is composed and arranged collaboratively with her husband - music is an important tool for cultural self-assertion: "A part of our work consists of collecting traditional Palestinian texts without melodies. So that the texts do not get lost, we try to compose melodies for them that are modern, yet inspired by traditional Palestinian music." [2] Palestinian music ;Arabic,موسيقى فلسطينية is one of many regional sub-genres of Arabic music. ...

As such, Banna does not merely mimic the traditional techniques for representation of the pieces she interprets. In her view, "Oriental singing techniques are mostly ornamental … But my voice is more two-dimensional, thicker. I try to write songs that fit my voice. I want to create something new in every respect. And that includes bringing people elsewhere closer to the music and soul of the Palestinians." [2]

European audience

Lullabies from the Axis of Evil

Banna's popularity in Europe began after Norwegian singer Kari Bremnes, invited her to Oslo after meeting her during a visit to Palestine. Banna accepted the invitation, and the two artists were subsequently enlisted with others by Norwegian music producer Erik Hillestad to record the 2003 CD Lullabies from the Axis of Evil. [3] [4] Kari Bremnes (born 9 December 1956 in Svolvær in Lofoten) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ...

Dubbed "a musical antiwar message to U.S. President Bush from female singers in Palestine, Iraq, Iran, and Norway," [2], the album brings these women together with others from North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Afghanistan - to sing traditional lullabies from their lands in duet form with English-language performers whose translation allows the songs to reach a Western audience. [4] Duet may refer to: Duet, musical form Duet, Fox sitcom This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Mirror of My Soul

Banna's latest album, The Mirrors of My Soul, is a stylistic departure from her previous body of work. Produced in cooperation with a European quintet, it features "Western pop stylings" fused with Middle Eastern modal and vocal structures, and Arabic lyrics. [5] Though the style of this album differs from previous recordings, the subject matter has basically remained constant. The album includes "songs of despair and hope" about the lives of "a struggling people, and even a song about late president Arafat in a way that is both thoughtful and subtle". [6] A quintet is a formation containing five members. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The term modal may refer to: Modal, a textile made from spun Beechwood cellulose Modal logic Modal verbs Mode Musical mode This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ...


  • Jafra (1985)
  • your tears Mother (1986)
  • The Dream (1993)
  • Qamar Abu Leileh (1995)
  • Mukagha (1996)
  • Al Quds Everlasting (2002)
  • Krybberom (2003) Rim Banna & SKRUK
  • Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (2003 - Various female artists)
  • Mirrors of My Soul (2005)
  • This was not my story (2006) Rim Banna & Henrik Koitz
  • Seasons of violet (2007)


  1. ^ Rim Banna. Rim Banna's Website.
  2. ^ a b c d e Martina Sabra (2006). Palestinian Singer Rim Banna:Music and Cultural Self-Assertion. Qantara.de.
  3. ^ Lullabies from the Axis of Evil. Harmony Ridge Music.
  4. ^ a b Joe Heim (26 October 2004). 'Axis of Evil' Lullabies: A Nod to Peace. The Washington Pose.
  5. ^ World Music CD Reviews Middle East & North Africa. Global Rhythm:The Destination for World Music (15 December 2006).
  6. ^ Rim Banna:The Mirrors of My Soul (2005). musikkguiden:groove.no.

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  • Official website



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