Icelandic Band Hatari Announces Its Latest Single

Icelandic Band Hatari Announces Its Latest Single

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ICELAND (CelebrityAccess) Anti-capitalist performance art group Hatari has announced its latest single, “Klefi / Samed.”

The song is a collaboration with artist Bashar Murad from East Jerusalem and is accompanied with a music video filmed in the Jericho desert “in Palestine,” according to the press release. It was released on the day of Hatari’s homecoming concert in Iceland, May 23.

The group made headlines for its participation and active politicization of Eurovision and started collaborating with Bashar Murad before making the journey to
Tel Aviv. The title Klefi / Samed (صامد (or “Chamber/Steadfast” refers to the Icelandic word for chamber, referring to an echo chamber, and the Arabic word for steadfast,
often used to describe the steadfast perseverance of the Palestinian people. Hatari vocalist, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson: “Klefi / Samed (صامد (is a thought on
isolation versus solidarity, referring to the various echo chambers we find ourselves trapped within. The Icelandic lyrics have been with us for some time, but hearing it in
context with Bashar’s lyrics and the themes he talks about as an artist living under occupation, we immediately had a feeling the two belonged together. Something clicked
as soon as we combined forces with Bashar.”

Bashar Murad, featured artist and lyricist: “When Hatari first approached me to work together, I felt that it would be a great opportunity to continue the conversation rather than turn them away. It was clear to me that we share the same values of peace, love, and freedom of expression. The lyrics for me reflect the Palestinian suffering, which includes but is not limited to: checkpoints, walls, illegal settlements, and constant military presence. I hope through this work with Hatari we can reach people who had no idea of the situation here. I believe in the good nature of humans and that when they see hatred they will reject it.”

 

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