RAMALLAH 11/29-2020 WAFA (RAHNUMA) – The Palestinian Ministry of Culture, through the Ambassador of the State of Palestine, New Delhi Adnan Abu Al Haija reached out to Hyderabad based Executive Producer ‘Lord Emir’ to compose cultural song to mark United Nations International Solidarity Day with Palestine. Renowned Hyderabad Hip Hop Artist Mo Boucher of Thugs Unit was subsequently requested by Lord Emir to co-produce and perform the Hip-hop song.
The song made its debut today on Palestinian State television today, and was listed to the Palestinian Ministry of Culture’s Official YouTube page. The song is part of a campaign launched by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture to mark the occasion of the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Entitled “Canaanites”, the song begins with a message by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In it, President Abbas can be heard saying in Arabic, “This land belongs to the Canaanites who were here five thousand years ago, and we are the Canaanites.” The Executive Producer Lord Emir did not specify if Abbas’ message was specifically recorded for the song, or was from an earlier speech.
The song produced for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture uses Hip-hop and Indian Reggae music, and talks about the Canaanite glories and uses between each verse and the last phrase “House of Canaan”. It mixes the English language with fast-paced Urdu, and includes the artistic debut of Executive Producer Lord Emir in both English rap style and Arabic.
“To achieve Statehood, people must become a nation first. My sole goal here with this song was to remind the listeners, especially the young generation of Palestinian Arabs of their rich and illustrious history, and to remind them that they are Canaanites, and thereby relatives of the Prophet Muhammad” said the song’s Executive Producer, Lord Emir.
The song concludes with a message from the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, about the rights of the Palestinians to a share in Jerusalem, stating that our Master Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, is Palestinian (geographically).
Lord Emir’s musical response came as part of a campaign launched by the Ministry of Culture to broadcast acts that constitute a message of solidarity on the International Day, and as a result of cooperation and efforts made by the Embassy of the State of Palestine in India.
“We were lucky to have talent like Mo Boucher of Thugs Unit to co-produce the song, and perform it. I concluded after interviewing a vast number of Hip-hop artists, other than Mo, no one else had the ability to sing this particular song” said Emir.
The Palestinian Ministry of Culture launched a solidarity campaign in which more than fifty Arab artists from more than nine countries participated in videos and recorded messages expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian Arab cause, and then the campaign expanded to include contributions from more than twenty artists and groups from different countries of the world who presented technical contributions and messages of solidarity.
It is worthy to note the song’s Executive Producer Lord Emir is also the Founder, and Editor In Chief of TheRahnuma.com, the online English edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Urdu Daily, published by Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, who has also been its Editor In Chief for over 50 years.
Established in 1921, The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Urdu Daily is India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper and Hyderabad’s oldest surviving daily print newspaper.
To listen to the message on the Ministry of Culture’s Facebook page, click here.