Orphaned Land, an Israeli progressive folk metal band, will tour Europe with Khalas, a Palestinian act, and play 18 shows together. The two bands will even share a tour bus for three weeks! All in the name of peace!
“We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible,” Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi says. “Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together.”
“We are metal brothers before everything,” added Khalas lead guitarist Abed Hathut. “There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.”
In short, music is above politics, religion and conflict.
Orphaned Land will be touring in support of its sixth album, All Is One, now in stores.
This is one of the best examples of using art as a tool for activism and peace!
As one of Orphaned Land’s lyrics go, "Shall we see the end of war, blood brothers? Or shall we fill another grave, for ourselves we couldn't save."
Let there be peace!