""I feel like I have a responsibility to continue singing, for the sake of the women of my generation." Rawan Okasha is doing something no other woman has done in public in Gaza for nearly a decade: Singing. During a recent performance, young women in the front rows screamed. Men joined in the lyrics. Meanwhile, monitors were watching for anything that might offend the pursed-lipped officials of Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, who had grudgingly allowed the rare concert. Among the Culture Ministry's rules: Rawan, 24, must stand still while singing, dress modestly and stick to "patriotic music." Still, Rawan and her 10-member band, Dawaween — slang for "idle chatter" — have performed 4 times since November. @wissamgaza photographed Rawan before she performed in Gaza City last Thursday. #🎶" By nytimes on Instagram.
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