Queer life, occupation and expectations: How Palestinian-singer Bashar Murad challenges conservative norms with music

When Bashar Murad started writing Maskhara in 2017, he didn’t envision the song would take on a whole new meaning in the wake of Covid-19. The track’s title is Arabic for nonsense, mockery, or bullsh*t. And while it was officially released last December and marks the first single of his upcoming EP of the same name, the Palestinian singer and songwriter had previously performed Maskhara during live performances. “I wrote it that long ago and I performed it a lot on stage without releasing it, but I was always worried it would stop being relevant,” Bashar reflects. “But as time progressed, it b…

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