"It's hard to work under these conditions," said group member
Five members of the seven-member group were in
Upon seeing the devastation, the group decided to record a music video, interspersing clips from a well-known poem by Palestinian spoken-word artist and activist Rafeef Ziadah, titled "We teach life, sir", and daily scenes in
"The video that we made is only a part of what you see here in
With little electricity access, and no safe place to meet, the group members recorded their verses separately, sending each other messages online using laptops with only six-hours of battery life.
They uploaded their resulting audio files and exchanged ideas on Facebook, only going to a local studio once to record the final version of the song.
Once they had the recording done, it took a week and a half, under constant bombings, to mix the sound. Most of the video's content is footage taken during the war, and was recorded by
Since it was uploaded, the group's video has garnered more than 10,000 hits on YouTube. "We work a lot with social media. The good thing is that you can get people's feedback. It's important to us as musicians," said
According to group members, the video and song are their contributions to Palestinian resistance in
"That is our message: that after all of this, we are still alive. That despite the tragedy, we do teach life, sir," Ayman Mghames added.
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