Sameh Zakout

Rapper, Person


Who is Sameh Zakout?

Sameh Zakout is a Palestinian rap artist who lives in Ramle, Israel. His music features themes of Palestinian and Arab identity and calls for peaceful resolution of Arab-Israeli conflict. He was the subject of the documentary Saz: The Palestinian Rapper for Change. Transcending the violence plaguing his people and his city, SAZ chose hip hop as a means to overcome, stating, "If I didn't have music, I'd probably be in the streets selling drugs and getting shot at". SAZ was inspired to write hip hop rhymes by his third grade Arabic teacher. He began performing publicly at the age of 16 and has since become prominent figure in the hip hop scene. SAZ rhymes in Arabic, Hebrew and English and is widely hailed for his beatbox technique. He has been featured in Rolling Stone and on CNN, and has performed in Europe, the United States, and across Palestine and Israel.SAZ use rap music to deliver a message of unity and love between people.Saz also sees his music as a powerful tool for building bridges between people and fighting ignorance and apathy across the entire world. His lyrics are self-reflective, honest and direct.

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on July 23, 2013


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