Along its history, many musicians, singers, and poets have taken to immortalizing Palestinian stories and culture through song and verse. From wedding songs, to traditional Dabke music, to tales that speak of the tragedies which have taken place throughout the decades-long occupation, Palestinian folkloric music gives us a glimpse into the joys and struggles of the Palestinian people.
While the Information surrounding music composed prior to the Nakba is scarce, and some of the composers of these works have been lost to history, these songs are still heard today, reinterpreted by generations of singers and artists throughout the decades, and have become a staple of Palestinian folklore.
In this list, we have compiled renditions of the most well known Palestinian folk songs that have gained popularity along the years, performed by prominent contemporary artists who have furthered these songs’ legacies through their platforms.
Hamza Namira & 47 Soul - Ya Zareef Al-tool
Marcel Khalife - Jafra
Henna Haj Hasan - Qoulou La Omo
Juthoor Al ‘Ashiqeen Band - Sabl ‘Oyouno
Abu Arab - Ya Yammah
Nai Barghouti - Yamma Mweil El Hawa
Mohammed Assaf - Wein ‘A Ramallah
Dalal Abu Amneh - Bayaa El Toufah / Ya Sitti El Kol