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Saint Levant Highlights Gaza’s Plight with Poignant Performance at Coachella

In a moving act of solidarity at the world-renowned Coachella music festival, Palestinian singer Saint Levant shone a light on the struggles of Gaza. His performance on April 14th not only featured a live-streamed song by local Gaza singers but also a powerful declaration of the ongoing crises facing the Palestinian territories.

Saint Levant’s set at Coachella became a platform for advocacy as he introduced the Arabic revolutionary anthem ‘Sawf Nabqa Huna’, performed by two singers from Gaza. This song, penned by Libyan author and former detainee Adel Al-Mushetty, has become a beacon of resistance against oppression for the Palestinian people. Levant’s impassioned speech highlighted the severe conditions in Gaza, describing them as part of a “brutal genocide” over the last six months and a longer occupation spanning 75 years.

The festival’s atmosphere was charged with political symbolism, with many attendees donning keffiyehs and waving Palestinian flags in support. Levant’s choice to merge music with activism brought international attention to the dire situation in Gaza, making his performance a standout moment of the festival.

Additionally, Saint Levant premiered ‘Deira’, a poignant track named after a Gaza hotel built by his father and destroyed recently by Israeli forces. This personal connection added a deeper layer to his advocacy, underscoring the ongoing conflict’s impact on individual lives and heritage.

This performance at Coachella by Saint Levant did more than entertain; it informed and mobilized festival-goers, drawing global attention to the enduring struggle of the Palestinian people.

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