Updated 20th November
A number of musicians and record labels have been releasing music via Bandcamp in an effort to raise funds for charities working to support innocent civilians impacted by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The area has been under a "complete siege" since 9th October, two days after Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a string of attacks on Israel, killing an estimated 1,400 people. 260 people were killed in an attack on the psytrance festival Supernova, with more still missing or being held hostage. Over 70 electronic artists have contributed to a compilation raising funds for survivors of that attack.
The besieged Palestinian territory's access to electricity, food and water supplies was cut off by the Israeli Government some days after Hamas' attack, impacting its population of 2.3 million people, nearly half of whom are children. Israel has since bombarded Gaza with deadly air attacks – on buildings including hospitals, schools, refugee camps, mosques and churches – and launched a ground invasion. The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now passed 13,000, including over 5,000 children, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry [via Al Jazeera].
More than 800 scholars and practitioners of international law, conflict studies and genocide studies signed an open letter on 15th October warning of “the possibility of the crime of genocide being perpetrated by Israeli forces against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip”.
Hundreds of electronic musicians and DJs recently signed an open letter in solidarity with Palestine as part of the Ravers For Palestine movement. The letter – which had the support of signees such as Ross From Friends, Objekt, Shannen SP and Tash LC, among many others – is one of a number of open letters and campaigns shared by cultural figures in recent weeks calling for an immediate ceasefire.
A #MusicForACeasefire open letter calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has also been signed by more than 1000 musicians.
Below, we've rounded up a number of electronic music releases – covering compilations, EPs and tracks – which have recently been made available on Bandcamp to raise money for charities such as Doctors Without Borders, PCRF, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Silicone Records 'Artists Without Borders'
"All artists participating in this compilation call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to genocide, with a specific focus on the actions of Israeli occupying forces in Gaza and the West Bank. We reject the decades-long occupation of Palestine, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing, and we stand against all forms of violence, promoting solidarity and justice. We also demand the unrestricted provision of essential resources to innocent civilians in Gaza without any limitations.
We kindly request your generous donations for the compilation. Every contribution will be dedicated to supporting the invaluable work of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, with a specific intention to aid those who have been injured in Gaza."
House of Afandi Records 'By the People, For the People'
"Every note, lyric, and melody shared within this album carries a powerful promise – 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. With the invaluable support of our second families Souqsounds, SceneNoise, Noise Records, and Soundsource Studio - the album will be directing a united flow of support to a singular source. Regardless of the years that pass, the generosity of listeners and artists alike, every penny this album generates will forever be donated to Palestine."
V/A 'Earthlings 4 Palestine: In Solidarity With Gaza'
"Words fall short in capturing the atrocities and horrors unfolding in the Middle East. The international community's failure to declare even a 'humanitarian' pause has left us witnessing the genocide of a people. Though we may feel helpless in changing the situation, we can offer our unwavering solidarity. This compilation represents a handful of producers' desire to contribute in some way in support of Palestine. All proceeds from this release will be dedicated to Jewish Voice For Peace, an organization taking impactful action where it matters most for this cause. Take care of your fellow Earthlings, we're all on this planet together."
Visit jewishvoiceforpeace.org to learn more and get involved.
Various Artists 'Rise Up: BDS Mixtape Vol. 2'
"From Palestine to New York to Hawai’i, club banger to rock to hip-hop, BDS Mixtape Volume 2 is a call to artists and audiences to Rise Up for Palestinian freedom – and the response resounds: a declaration of the deep knowledge that none of us is free until all of us are free."
Over And Out 'In Aid Of Palestine'
"A 10 track compilation curated to raise funds for those affected by recent events in Gaza. Recommended donations for the compilation from £5+, but something is better than nothing so donate what you can. All profits will be donated to Gaza related charities, with the first donations being sent to UNRWA."
GIDEÖN 'Study War No More'
"The label will give 100% of profits of this track to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine). 'Study War No More' is HOMO-CENTRIC's note to all the heterosexual, male, autocratic despots and tyrants currently in the seats of power across our planet. Primarily it is dedicated to both sets of psychotic corrupt bloodthirsty religious extremists who have bribed, lied, agitated, manipulated and coerced their way into power in Israel and Gaza."
Paralaxe Editions 'For Palestine'
"All proceeds will go to Médecins Sans Frontières. This charity has been chosen as the benefactor as I am not only familiar with their mission statement and field work, but many of my medical colleagues have directly worked with the organisation in different locations around the globe. MSF currently has doctors and staff on the ground in Gaza, and they are actively working to treat patients and get desperately needed supplies across the border."
mi-el 'from the river to the sea'
"Inspired by the political, social and psychological power of chanting, 'from the river to the sea' is mi-el's debut production, releasing as a charity single in support of MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians). The entire track is made from vocal samples, utilising the power of the voice and the body, which embody a visceral energy that is completely inimitable by any digital instrument."
Various Artists 'From The River To The Sea'
"This V/A compilation has been created as a means to meet the immediate medical and humanitarian needs in Gaza, whilst also serving as a means to show solidarity for the Palestinian liberation movement. Financial aid is but one avenue in which we can support Palestine in their time of crisis; Faoi Thalamh would encourage everyone to use their platform/voice for those that have none, to highlight the atrocities currently being inflicted in Gaza and to get out and protest every chance you get. We need to let global leaders know that we will not stand idly by as civilians are massacred in their thousands!"
MCR4PAL 'From Manchester to Palestine'
"From Manchester To Palestine: A Compilation of Music & Poetry is an urgent show of solidarity from creatives in the city. Available for only 30 days, the project is a heartfelt outburst and powerful testament to the collective heart of Greater Manchester with so many people answering the call out in just 7 days. The album is available from 3rd November-3rd December only. All proceeds will be donated to Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Restless Beings."
"My collaborators and I have decided to donate all the profits from this EP to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)."
phrex, sawra!, Cutkachi 'Hurryia For Gaza'
"This is a Fundraiser for occupied Palestine. No words can describe what is going on right now. A genocide is unfolding – bombs are dropping and killing civilians. All I can contribute is music. It feels dull sharing music in the face of what is happening but it's what I am able to do now. All money raised will go to Palestinian Medical Relief Society and Médecins Sans Frontières."
Peder Mannerfelt 'Request Line (Soulwax Edit)'
"Pay what you want, all proceeds will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders."
Double O 'Firm Meditation VIP'
"Standing in solidarity with Palestine, all proceeds from 'Firm Meditation VIP' will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians."
eoin dj 'edits for palestine'
"Tried and tested edits to raise funds for excellent causes. 100% of proceeds will be split between European Legal Support Center, Palästina Kampagne, Gaza Emergency Appeal, Oxfam Gaza Crisis Appeal and Center for Jewish Nonviolence."
Various Artists 'They Will Be Free: A VA For Palestine'
"Fundraiser compilations to raise money for aid in Gaza. Every penny raised will be sent to Medical Aid for Palestinians."
Various Artists 'C2E - Emergency For Gaza'
"All proceeds raised from the sales of the compilation will be donated to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. PCRF ensure humanitarian aid and medical care to the children of Palestine."