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Soundtrack for the Arab Uprising

Arab hip-hop, once relegated to the sidelines, has emerged as the soundtrack of the resistance.

by Shannon Farhoud
Hip-hop and politics often go hand in hand, and as pro-democracy revolutions spread throughout the Arab world, one sound in particular is echoing the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of many people.
This week on National Geographic weekend, Boyd Matson

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one of the leading artists in the growing genre of Arab hip-hop, Yassin Alsalman, aka The Narcicyst. Yassin, an Iraqi-Canadian, has been making music for over seven years. In one of his latest songs, #Jan25, Yassin raps in English about the Egyptian Revolution. The song features fellow Arab artists Omar Offendum, Freeway, Ayah, and Amir Sulaiman.

Yassin and fellow Arab hip-hop artists are featured in a short documentary titled ‘Broken Records: The Rise of Arab Hip-Hop‘ which can be found on the National Geographic Music website.

Shannon Farhoud is a student at Northwestern University in Qatar and an intern with National Geographic Weekend.

 


 

Comments

  1. hass
    SAUDI ARABIA
    April 13, 2011, 12:40 am

    Brilliant!