A few local, Denver artists decided to come together recently to talk about the importance and beauty of contemporary Middle Eastern hip-hop.
In this portion of KGNU’s Sunday show “Eclipse” (airs on Sundays at 7-9pm, see below) Dave Ashton (KGNU Denver’s program manager and hip-hop artist) and I discuss some popular MidEast hip hop stars and the music’s relation to modern uprisings.
Also included in this segment, Ashton speaks with Safa Samiezade-Yazd, a local Iranian-American woman focusing on Persian and Arab media and art internationally. Her company is called Aslan Media. She is a Denver local.
In January 2014, Safa presented and lectured on renowned Middle Eastern graffiti – a mix of ancient calligraphy and modern expressions of art and politics in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and other countries. Middle Eastern graffiti has recently reflected the widespread disenfranchisement of young, Arabs amidst dysfunctional and corrupt governments currently in the Middle East.
Samiezade-Yazd is also currently promoting a Netflix documentary called, “Al Maydan” or “The Square” in English, a feature-length film on the 3-year, ongoing massive uprising in Egypt.
Some of the artists I highlighted in this segment of KGNU’s “Eclipse” show are:
Shadia Mansour – Palestinian, female artist ft. Dead Prez, “Kuffeiyah”
The Narcicyst – Arab American “Hamdullilah”
Da Arab MC’s – Israeli Arab group in the town of Lod in Israel “Born Here”