‘The Voice of the Street’ in Cairo could not be silenced
‘The Voice of the Streets’ took place in the Gezira Youth Center in Cairo on 4 November 2011. The event brought together key dissident rappers from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Palestine for the first time.
The purpose of the non-profit event was to show the importance of the voice of the street, and remind everyone that the struggle for freedom and peace in the region is far from over.
The line-up was:
El General (Tunisia) – Was demonstrating from day one and made the first anti-regime rap, that helped to launch both the Tunisian revolution and later the Arab Spring.
MC Swat (Libya) – Made the first anti-Gadaffi rap and had to flee the security forces to save his life.
Boikutt / Ramallah Underground (Palestine) – Front man in the legendary Ramallah Underground crew, that is equivalent to the Wu-Tang Clan in the Middle East.
FeesDeeb (Egypt) – A main figure on Tahrir square, this investment banker turned rapper, was on the square demonstrating and performing every day until the Mubarak regime fell in Egypt.
Amin (Egypt) – Philosophical rapper focusing on how to turn the energy of the young Arab revolution into a better tomorrow.
Arabian Knightz (Egypt) – This massive 15 man crew created one of the anthems to the Egyptian revolution and are still very active in the struggle for freedom.
Malikah (Lebanon) – Female Rapper who is fighting for women’s place in Arab hip hop. She has been performing all over the Middle East.
Edd (Lebanon/Palestine) – Palestinian rapper representing the huge refugee diaspora in Lebanon and Jordan.
Turntables in the Camps was initiated by Martin Fernando Jakobsen as a pilot project in November 2009 to explore the interest of and possibility to set up dj schools in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Three dj schools were established in Lebanon and Jordan, conducting DJ and rap workshops for Palestinian refugee youth, with the aim of including the young refugees in the global youth culture of dj-ing and the creation of electronic music, and thus creating a window to the world for marginalized refugee youth.
More information about the event
The Daily News Egypt – 8 November 2011:
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