Listen up folks we need your help 🙌🏽, @sam3an is working on a long form writing project related to El Bira’im, possibly Palestine’s first rock n roll band. He’s hoping to find people who may have memories of this band. Please help us spread this message as far and wide as possible so we can reach as many people who lived in Jerusalem/Al Quds during the early 70s. More info from @sam3an on the band below:
Based on my research thus far, The Blooms or (El Bira'im) were the first proper Palestinian rock n roll band. Formed in Jerusalem in the mid-to-late-1960s by siblings of the Ashrawi family, they also briefly went by the name "Triggers 5." This photo of the band sitting onstage is from a sold out show at the YMCA in 1973 in Jerusalem, the capacity of the room was about 300. Over time, they played even larger rooms around Palestine for crowds of up to 7-800 before eventually disbanding in 1976.
The Blooms played many shows around Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Bethlehem, with lyrics focusing both on the Israeli occupation and local social issues. In addition to covering English songs, they would often cover Fairuz songs in a rock n roll style. The black and white photo was taken some time before 1973, when my father, Ibrahim, was the band's lead singer.
During the Triggers 5 era, they were convinced by their manager to play an Israeli showcase where an Israeli fan who did not want to see Palestinians on stage threw an egg at their bass player, which caused him to be electrocuted.
I'm hoping to find people who may have memories of the band. Are you out there? Please feel free to private message me here on Instagram.
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