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Logic x Shadia Mansour: So Serious

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Brand new video from South London’s Logic (co-founder with Lowkey of the youth mobilization group, The People’s Army), and the great Shadia Mansour.

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“Muslim Woodstock”?

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

From Maytha Alhassen, a Ph.D. student studying Muslim American identity at the University of Southern California and blogging for CNN.

The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum take the stage.

Some have facetiously referred to it as the Muslim Woodstock.

But for all the differences between 1969’s three days of peace and music and Saturday’s Takin’ it to the Streets festival in Chicago—a daylong Muslim-led arts and music festival—there is some truth to the comparison.

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VVD Back in the Bijlmer

June 19, 2010 Leave a comment

A follow-up to last week’s post about the VVD (center-right Dutch political party) and their chicken-politicin’ in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam, here’s a video from Bijlmer’s own, Gikkels, in response to a politician’s recent description of the neighborhood as a “primitive caveman culture“.

Selected translations below:

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A (fried) chicken in every pot x Dutch elections

June 13, 2010 2 comments

Last week, in the run-up to the national elections in the Netherlands, VVD Party (People’s Party of Freedom and Democracy) representatives could be found in the predominantly black and immigrant Amsterdam neighborhood, the Bijlmer, handing out fried chicken and promoting the party’s “mo money” agenda.

I came across this parody of the shameless vote-mongering on Youtube (much respect to www.maxvanderburg.nl). Selected quotes below (thanks to khouya Khalid for the co-pro).

Perhaps not surprisingly, the VVD did extremely well in Bijlmer and other economically-depressed neighborhoods, though not everybody in the video seems amused (see the Moroccan dude at about 1:30 who grabs the would-be-VVD rep’s glasses and promptly shows him the way to the metro).

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German rap x Esperanto (1999)

June 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Nine graphic designers worked on this ridiculous animation for the Stuttgart conscious Hip Hop band Freundeskreis (“circle of friends”) – producing the four-minute animation in two weeks. And the song is in the made up language of Esperanto, invoked by the artists in the hope that Hip Hop will unite the world’s youth through the common language of Hip Hop. Amen.

Gaza Flotilla Protest X Lowkey (UK)

June 3, 2010 2 comments

A photo essay from the May 31 Manchester protest against Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, from the BBC building to central Manchester, set to Lowkey’s anthem “Long Live Palestine” (the first song on iTunes with the word ‘Palestine’ in the title).

DAM in Sheikh Jarrah II: The Remix

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

For those who caught my piece about DAM’s concert in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the site of weekly protests against the Israeli government’s eviction of Arab Israelis, here’s an amazing post-script: two Palestinian teenagers, male & female, sitting on a graffiti’d wall in Sheikh Jarrah, one wearing a kufiya, singing the DAM anthem, “Min Erhabi/Who’s the Terrorist?”

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