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Shadi Zaqtan

Pioneered Palestinian blues, blending Arabic tones with American musical influences.

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Date of Birth:



He was born in exile and raised in Damascus, Beirut, Amman, and Tunis

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Why Featured?

His innovative fusion of the US Deep South blues with Arabic sounds created a new genre of music in the West Bank, known as Palestinian blues. His music reflects the socio-economic situation in Palestine.

Brief bio

Shadi Zaqtan is a Palestinian guitarist, composer, singer, and songwriter known for creating the Palestinian blues genre. He combines traditional blues with Arabic tones and lyrics to express the realities of life and socio-economic issues in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Born in exile and raised across various Arab countries.

  • Started his music career in Ramallah over a decade ago Studied briefly at the Ramallah conservatory before pursuing his own musical path

  • Moved to Berlin to explore street music

  • Developed the genre of Palestinian blues...See More

  • Integrated Arabic tones and lyrics into traditional blues rhythms...See More

  • His music highlights the Palestinian socio-economic situation...See More

  • Influenced by and feels a connection to indigenous groups and their music...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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