After the patriotic Palestinian track “Ana Dammi Falastini” (My Blood is Palestinian) was faraway from streaming providers, Spotify issued a press release.
The track by Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf disappeared from music streaming providers, together with Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. The disappearance sparked debate on-line amongst followers, with a lot of them accusing Spotify of muting the well-known hit track. “Spotify goals to supply a variety of music on our platform, however availability might range over time and nation,” a Spotify spokesperson stated of the elimination. “Dammi Falastini” was launched in 2015 on the singer’s Muntasib Alqamah Amshi album.
“The elimination of a few of Mohammed Assaf’s content material was not decided by Spotify, however quite by the distributor. We anticipate its return within the close to future and apologize for the inconvenience triggered,” the Spotify assertion concludes.
Mohammed Assaf commented on the elimination on Instagram, saying “That’s superb. It’s preserved within the hearts of all of those that are free and noble.” The singer rose to stardom in 2013 when he gained ‘Arab Idol.’ He’s represented by his label Platinum Information, which is owned by the Saudi leisure big, MBC.
“Reminder that the track “Dammi Falastini” additionally acquired taken off Spotify just a few days in the past,” tweeted one person concerning the incident. “The censorship of Palestinian voices on Instagram isn’t the one difficulty. They’re doing it in all places.”
“Shameless and spineless from Spotify to take away Mohammed Assaf’s “Dammi Falastini” track,” tweeted one other particular person. “It doesn’t even point out Israel and is nearly Palestinian identification and heritage and but it’s one way or the other seen as an issue?”
Thus far, Spotify is the one DSP to instantly difficulty a press release concerning the elimination of the monitor—regardless of it disappearing from different streaming providers too. Deezer and Apple Music each have a big presence within the Center East and North Africa, however neither DSP has issued a press release on the disappearance of this specific monitor from their catalogs.