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Reem Kelani is a Palestinian musician, born in Manchester, England, and brought up in Kuwait. Initially influenced by the jazz music her father played on his record player, her interest in Palestinian music was sparked by the music at a family wedding in her maternal home in Galilee in the 1970s.
Kelani released her debut solo CD Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora to critical acclaim in February 2006. Kelani is currently working on a CD paying tribute to the Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish (1892–1923).
In addition to music performances, Kelani conducts workshops on Arabic and Palestinian music in schools, colleges, and at festivals. She is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Four, having written and presented Distant Chords (2001-2003) featuring the music of migrant communities in the UK. More recently, she wrote and presented Songs for Tahrir (2012) about her experiences of music in the uprising in Egypt in 2011.
- "Songs for Tahrir". BBC Radio 4. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Reem Kelani's home page
- Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies, Spring 2012. Reem Kelani: "Sayyid Darwish: music to Palestinian ears". In her essay, Reem explains the relevance of the late Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish to Palestinians (See Pp 15-17)
- Ahram Online, 23 Feb 2012. Reem Kelani's journey from occupied territories to occupied Tahrir, by Ati Metwaly
- "The Art of War", International Arts Manager, Nov 2011 by Clare Wiley
- 'My narrative is that I exist', interview with Natalie Hanman, The Guardian 19 September 2008
- Sprinting Gazelle reviews
- Full biography
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