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Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East
Produced by BAM
From the recent revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, rappers have emerged as torchbearers of the movement’s progressive energy and restless defiant spirit. For Mic Check: Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East, BAM brings together a host of these intrepid anthem writers—Amkoullel (Mali), Deeb (Egypt), El Général (Tunisia), Shadia Mansour (Palestine/UK)—alongside more traditional musicians Brahim Fribgane and Yacouba for an evening of contemporary music born from radical social and political change.
Curated by Zeyba Rahman
Malian rapper Amkoullel is part of a new wave of African hip-hop artists.
Deeb is an Egyptian hip-hop artist, poet, and reporter.
Tunisian rapper El Général is best known for “Rais Lebled,” the anthem of the Jasmine Revolution.
Brahim Fribgane is a Moroccan oud player and percussionist based in New York City.
Palestinian singer and MC Shadia Mansour has been called "the first lady of Arabic hip hop.”