by Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 19 May 2008

DAM are a hip-hop trio of ethnically Arab Israelis from the ghetto of Lod, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Their eclectic and energetic style draws from the usual suspects of American MCs as much as it does from French rap and traditional Arab music, and while their unabashed anti-Zionist call for Palestinian liberation may enrage many, they’re careful to not be anti-Semitic — they even rap in Hebrew on occasion, and have made an entirely Hebrew version of their hit Born Here — winning them many Jewish and Israeli fans and allies. Their show at Southpaw in Brooklyn recently was perhaps one of the most hard-hitting and politically rousing concerts in recent memory.