Rhymes, Revolution and Resistance
Three Arabic hip hop artists explore the effect of politically charged words on the Arab Spring.
In 2011 many people in the Middle East took to the streets to demand change. Revolution was in the air, and like many revolutions, there was a soundtrack.
Hip hop, since its inception has been seen by many as the musical voice of modern revolutions. In the Middle East, Arab hip hop became a voice of protest as young Arabic people took to the mic and used this vocal art form as a way of expressing their discontent with incumbent governments.
Four years since the start of the revolution, which became known in the West as the Arab Spring, music journalist Jackson Allers talks to MC Amin from Egypt, Malikah from Lebanon and Al Sayyed Darwish from Syria. They are all rappers who dared to speak up in a region where freedom of expression can come at a heavy price. Jackson also discusses the political tensions which have divided a once united hip hop movement.
(Photo: Music journalist Jackson Allers talks to rapper Lynn Fattouh, aka Malikah)
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