Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East
Produced by BAM
From the recent revolutions in the Middle East, rappers have emerged as symbols of an auspicious cultural moment, serving as torchbearers of the movement’s progressive energy and restless defiant spirit. Providing entertaining cultural context for the Arab Spring, Mic Check brings together a host of these intrepid anthem writers—Amkoullel, Deeb, El Général, and Shadia Mansour—alongside more traditional musicians Brahim Fribgane and Yacouba for a performance of contemporary music born out of radical social and political change.
Curated by Zeyba Rahman
Malian rapper Amkoullel is part of a new wave of African hip-hop artists.
Tunisian rapper El Général is best known for “Rais Lebled,” the anthem of the Jasmine Revolution.
Deeb is an Egyptian hip-hop artist, poet, and reporter.
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.”