Sameh "SAZ" Zakout is a native of Ramle, a predominantly Palestinian Arab city within Israel, known for its excessive crime and poverty. Transcending the violence plaguing his people and his city, SAZ chose hip hop as a means to overcome, stating, "If I didn't have music, I'd probably be in the streets selling drugs and getting shot at". SAZ was inspired to write hip hop rhymes by his third grade Arabic teacher. He began performing publicly at the age of 16 and has since become prominent figure in the hip hop scene. SAZ rhymes in Arabic, Hebrew and English and is widely hailed for his beatbox technique. He has been featured in the 'Rolling Stones' magazine and on 'CNN', and has performed in Europe, the United States, and across Palestine and Israel. SAZ uses rap music to deliver a message of unity and love between people. Saz also sees his music as a powerful tool for building bridges between people and fighting ignorance and apathy across the entire world. His lyrics are self-reflective, honest and direct. SAZ criticizes his Arab neighbors in Ramle that turn to drugs and violence instead of pursuing an education and a better future. SAZ believes music is his weapon for making a difference and giving pride and hope to all people around the world.
Milestones in Saz's career:
During 2013, Saz has performed live in Music Festivals around the world including: 'United Island 2013' in Czech Republic, 'Glastonbury Music Festival 2013' in England and at 'Pohoda Festival 2013' in Slovakia.
His songs featured in the most successful football (Soccer) video game "FiFA 2010" ("Ramallaha Tel aviv" by Saz & 'Balkan Beat Box') on PC/XBOX/PS around the world, and on Hollywood's TV Series "Nikita" 2011 USA ("El Nur"), as well.
Saz starred in a documentary film - "Saz the palestinian rapper for change" that was screened in 15 countries; from Arab countries (Iraq, Syria and Jordan) to Europe and the US.
His second album "Min Youm" (2013) has been distributed worldwide by "The Orchard" (International Digital Distribution Company) to more than 50 countries and is available in over 45 digital stores (including: Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Napster, YouTube Music, Google Music and etc.).