The Rebel Beat Podcast 046 – Rafeef Ziadah on teaching life and liberation


Click here to download the podcast


Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we are thrilled to bring you one of the fiercest poetic voices of the Palestinian liberation movement – Rafeef Ziadah. Rafeef is a Palestinian refugee who has committed her life’s work to the liberation of her people. She is a leading organizer in the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid.

I actually met Rafeef for the first time ever at the conference to launch the BDS movement in Canada in Toronto in 2006. She is a powerful and energetic orator, which usually makes for a badass organizer.


On top of her day-to-day activism, Rafeef is also an amazing poet and spoken word artist. She recently released her second full-length album, “We Teach Life“, which once again beautifully combines her political poetry with music. On this album, she teamed up with Australian-Palestinian musician Phil Monsour. The result is a collection of poetry that touches on migration, emotion, colonialism, and of course, Palestine. Check it out and buy the album through CD Baby! We caught up with Rafeef from her home in London, England, to tell us all about it.



Playlist – January 20, 2016

Sweet Honey in the Rock – Are there any rights I’m entitled to?

Mother Tareka feat. DJ Goadman – Imagine something different

Talib Kweli & Rapsody – Every ghetto

Geoff Berner – Thank you no thank you

47 Soul – Intro to shamstep

Rafeef Ziadah – Shades of anger

Interview with Rafeef Ziadah

Rafeef Ziadah – Passport

Rafeef Ziadah – Montreal subway

Rafeef Ziadah – Cultivate hope

Yusef Lateef – Blues for the orient

Suheir Hamad – Refugees

Leanne Simpson & Cris Derksen – A love song for Attawapiskat

Ana Tijoux feat. Shadia Mansour – Somos sur

AP2P – 24 hours in Gaza

PR (Palestinian Rappers) – Palestine, the challenge is ours

Euphrates – I.R.A.Q.

LAL – I know your face

Free Radicals – The occupation

Matana Roberts – How much would you cost?

Archie Shepp – Blues for brother George Jackson





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s