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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Hannie Abokhamis
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Musician: Hannie Abokhamis

Location: Leicester

Instruments: voice, bongo, tom tom

Music: Palestinian / desert techno

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story


More World On Your Street from BBC Leicester

Listen  Listen (5'17) to 'Ya Munira' (The Bride) written and published by Hannie A.

Listen  Listen (4'40) to an interview with Hannie

'I spent my youth in the Sinai Desert in Egypt where I picked up lots of African drumming beats and rhythms '

How I came to this music:

I was born in Nazareth. I ended up in prison when I was 9 years old for stealing an apple or something. We learned to pick up the drums, to pick up instruments, to pick up everything. But it was very hard for us. All the time I thought about the hard way and the sweet way. I used to fit them to each other and sing about it.

Hannie's band

After three years in prison, I ran away to be with a Bedouin tribe. That's where I learned my music. I spent my youth in the Sinai Desert where I picked up lots of drumming beats from North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Egyptian rhythms - Nubian music. With the tribe, I learned the rhythm of the camels, fire sounds, echoes and bird sounds.

Anything to do with skin is a drum. I was brought up to play bongo and tom tom which is a double drum from Morocco. For myself, I used to make my own instruments from plastics which I'd tie up to make into a drum.

My voice is like an instrument. If people don't understand what I'm singing, they will understand the melody. If they don't understand the melody, they will understand the rhythms. What I'm doing doesn't exist anywhere else. I call it 'desert techno' because I carry it from the tribe to the techno.

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