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With songs named after an infamous Palestinian refugee camp and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Muslimgauze was about as confrontational an artist that this era could produce.

This snippet about Muslimgauze, from Wikipedia, should be enough to get you intrigued...

"Muslimgauze was the stage name of Bryn Jones (June 17, 1961 - January 14, 1999), a prolific British electronic music artist, strongly influenced by everything to do with the Middle East....He was a staunch supporter of Hamas and the PLO, and he believed Palestine should be "freed from the Zionists." Born in Manchester, England, United Kingdom, he never visited the Middle East, explaining, "I don't think you can visit an occupied land. It's the principle. Not until it's free again."

As early back as 1982, his music was about protest - initially in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Wikipedia counts "90 original albums on 32 different record labels, creating nearly 2,000 original songs". Including re-issues, his release total is estimated at over 180 albums. His official Web site lists 192.

His art, not his politics, interests me, as well as the bizarre nature of his "career". Pick out three albums at random from his discography and you may well get three very different sounds from ambient, to noise, to percussion, etc. A hater, but an interesting cat.

article by Burning Dervish
This appeared on Burning Dervish (May 11, 2007).


I enjoyed your summary of the career of the late Muslimgauze and kudos for giving him the respect due him and being able to set aside your differences with his politics. I'm a huge fan of his since the 90's and even then it was a touchy thing to say you liked Muslimgauze. In this post 9/11 era admitting to being a Muslimgauze fan is likely to get one placed on an FBI terror watch list. I wouldn't call him a hater though; confrontational is a better description. Whether you agree with him or not, you gotta admire his courage in being so passionate & outspoken about his convictions - unpopular and controversial as they were.

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This appeared on Burning Dervish (May 29, 2007).

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