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Meet the Lebanese bands using music to fight oppression

From the war-torn streets of Lebanon, bands have been fighting back against oppression – and risking their lives in the process

It’s March 22, the day of our interview with Bassem Deaibess, frontman of Lebanon’s premier socio-political thrashers Blaakyum. Today he was due to attend an event at The Palace Of Westminster, but it was cancelled following the tragic attack on Westminster Bridge that claimed the lives of six and injured 50. Having grown up in a war-torn nation, it was a travesty all too familiar to the articulate screamer. “You feel like it’s followed you,” he sighs.

For Blaakyum, these are issues ingrained in the DNA of their music – riotous, groove-oriented thrash they’ve been playing since the mid-90s, that carries with it a deadly warning of the horrors of war and oppression.

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