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WALES: Gwilym's musical journey of hope to Middle East.

A NORTH Wales musician is concentrating his energies on breaking down barriers in the Middle East through music.

Wrexham's Gwilym Morus has been to Palestine to complete a recording project with local musicians. While he was there he met members of the first Arabic rap band - Dam.

His journey and experiences feature in an S4C documentary on Thursday, Chwalu'r Waliau! Gwilym Morus ym Mhalesteina.

During the filming they found themselves in the middle of a street battle at Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

Gwilym said: "That was a pretty frightening experience. It was a dangerous situation with children throwing stones at the tanks. Life there is so unbearable.

"I wanted to see how people deal with this situation musically. I wanted to create a cultural dialogue."

Gwilym, who grew up in Wrexham's Caia Park, and now lives in Bangor is the lead singer with an Afro-beat band called Drymbago. He's also released one solo CD, with a second being released at this summer's National Eisteddfod. Last year he recorded with local musicians in Bethlehem, a combination of Arab rhythms with Welsh harmonies. This was then re-mixed back in Wales and a four-track CD "From Bangor to Bethlehem" was released.

Gwilym has now returned to record again in Palestine, with Waseem who plays a traditional stringed instrument called an oud, and Mohamed who plays pipes and clarinet.

He hopes that both Waseem and Mohammed will be able to travel to Wales to build on the relationship which has been established.

Gwilym's television crew comprised of two other Wrexham men,. cameraman Rhys Williams of Coedpoeth and producer Marc Jones of Rhosddu.

Chwalu'r Waliau! Gwilym Morusym Mhalesteina, May 11 at 9pm on S4C with English subtitles available.

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Date:May 8, 2006
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