Just over a couple weeks ago, I was asked by Christina Hazboum of Marsm Arts (the company with whom we toured Palestine in July 2019 in a cultural exchange between the UK and Palestine) and the lovely chaps at Rhythm Passport to put a mix together. Christina’s hometown in Palestine, Bethlehem, had already been in lockdown for a couple weeks, and soon the whole world would be in a similar situation.

Those initial days of confinement were the most terrifying it seems, with everyone trying to figure out this unprecedented situation, being confined at home and confronted with the dystopian sight of empty shelves at the supermarkets, checking the news compulsively every 5 minutes…I put this mix together to express the feelings at the time (confusion, chaos, dreams of escaping, hope) while trying to stay tongue in cheek about it.

Here’s the playlist:

1- Rhythm Devils – Cave

2- Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go

3- Eugene Mc Daniels – Jagger The Dagger

4- The Floyd Family Singers – That’s A Sign Of The Times

5- Willie Williams – Armagedeon Time

6- Black Uhuru – Apocalypse

7- Pressure Drop – Sound of Time

8- Yellowman – Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt

9- Pete Dunaway – Supermarket

10- Can – Vitamin C

11- Talking Heads – Warning Sign

12- The Police – When The World Is Running Down

13- Jack Jones – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

14- Joe Tex – Pneumonia

15- Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Straightening Out

16- Bossa Combo – Apocalypse

17- Belle and Sebastian – Get Me Away I’m Dying

18- Johnny Hammond – Tell Me What To Do

19- Parliament – Mothership Connection

20- June Tyson – We Travel The Spaceways_1

21- Marcus Belgrave – Space Odyssey

22- 291out present 291outer space ‎– Cryogenesis

23- Gil Scott-Heron – Must Be Something

24- Dennis Brown – No Man Is An Island

25- Romie Singh – Dancing to Forget

26- Al Hudson – Spread Love


As this situation has now become the new normality, most of us are trying to make the most of it, enjoying taking some time out, rediscovering the music library and exploring the BFI catalogue, trying to be creative, doing lots of stretches, spending less time of social media…well at least that’s the aim 😉


I will most likely publish a part 2 in the coming weeks to reflect upon the evolving sentiments, music is the healing force of the universe, more than ever.