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As pioneering showmen, Palestinian hip-hop trio inspires a different kind of political party

By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / November 13, 2011

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Balancing message and entertainment, reality and humor, has been a specialty of Palestinian hip-hop group DAM since its formation in 1999, a precursor to the wave of hip-hop acts that have sprouted more recently not only in Israel and Palestine but across the Arab world, many coming to notice in the recent upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Tonight, “Mic Check [Point]’’ will present a showcase of Palestinian hip-hop featuring DAM, Shadia Mansour, and M-1 of Dead Prez.

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With DAM, Shadia Mansour, M-1, and others

At: Middle East Downstairs, tonight at 8. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door. 617-864-3278,