PALESTINIANS YOU NEED TO KNOW: MUSIC EDITION

Lena Seikaly is a Palestinian-American jazz vocalist from the Washington, D.C. area. She has headlined at jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the U.S. and throughout Europe and Asia, and was a semifinalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition. She has released four albums, one being a tribute to two of her biggest influences, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. This year, Seikaly plans to focus her efforts on education and cultivating the next generation of jazz singers.

Based in Los Angeles, Donia Jarrar is a composer, pianist, scholar and interdisciplinary artist. She holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan. Growing up, led by her Palestinian father and Egyptian-Greek mother, Jarrar bounced from Kuwait to Egypt to the West Bank before moving to the U.S. Not unlike the many cultures she experienced, her music reflects multiple genres — from classical and electronic, to experimental and pop — all while maintaining her signature improvisation..

Jarrar’s most recent project is “Seamstress,” a multimedia documentary inspired by  the oral histories of Palestinian women and girls.

“Seamstress” was awarded an OPERA America Discovery Grant on April 1st.

Fadia Kader is a Palestinian living in the Los Angeles area. Born in Kuwait, Kader currently works at Instagram, managing their music partnerships. She has previously worked at Twitter, Complex Media, and Def Jam Recordings. Kader helped plan Fem the Future’s brunch, which celebrated the female nominees of the 61st Grammy Awards. The event was hosted by Janelle Monae and Instagram

Farid Karam Nassar, commonly known as FredWreck, is a Palestinian-American music producer. He focuses on hip-hop music and has worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube and Britney Spears. He is the emcee of “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”
In an interview with CNN, FredWreck shares that he goes to the Middle East every year to collaborate with people in the region on a project — music, film or business — because he sees the potential in his people.

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