While many Palestinians have often used artistic expression and music to express their struggle for freedom, Omar Kamal, dubbed the Frank Sinatra of his generation, is a distinct talent whose abilities have seen him sent to Hollywood.
Born and raised in the city of Nablus in Occupied Palestine, Omar took up piano lessons from the age of nine. “We didn’t have many options of going out there and doing something in groups,” he told MEMO, saying his city was so small and quiet that Nabulsis had to find something to do in their spare time.
“In my case, it was music,” he added.
Omar spent much of his childhood and teenage years listening to classical and world music, before he started singing. “We got a bit of music in my family,” he continued, adding that both his mother and sister used to sing and his brother used to play the piano.
“We had that …