How this Palestinian music festival is breaking down cultural barriers

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John Yang:

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip can’t cross Israel to the West Bank without an Israeli permit.

These Gaza musicians couldn’t get permits. So while their bandmates played PMX, they surprised them on Skype.

PMX and the delegates who meet here have helped bring Palestinian artists to the international stage. Organizers say at least seven of the featured bands have performed in international festivals, like the all-female band Kallemi.

Kallemi features two Israel-born Palestinian women and two Swiss women of Palestinian descent. They first worked together in Ramallah as a kind of musical exchange program, but vocalist Maysa Daw said, after their first collaboration, the band stuck.

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