In these days of international turmoil, with ongoing outbursts of violence, hatred and racism, it’s good to see that music can still connect people from all across the globe. This is a new Hip Hop track that features 40 rappers from 24 countries, created by two Iranian producers whose goal is to promote peace, tolerance and dialogue among artists from different nations.
The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form. The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.
One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide is a 17 day festival presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Hi-Arts in conjunction with Nomadic Wax. The incomparable DJ Boo will be performing at the festival along side many of the other artists. Here, Boo has compiled and mixed tracks from most of the artists who will be performing.
Nouveau Depart is a brand new album featuring collaborations between French and Israeli rappers. The Album is currently available on itunes, Amazon and all digital download platforms. Here are links to a few tracks from the album:
Here is the 2nd installment in the “59 Dinar” mixtape series. This time, collector Eran dinar and musician / writer Sagol 59 have dug deep in their record crates and pulled out numerous musical gems, to create an hour-long mix of Israeli Disco, Funk and groove tracks, recorded between 1976-1986. All songs were transferred directly from the original LPs and singles.
“59 Dinar” is a unique mixtape of rare, never reissued Israeli pop from the 60′s and 70′s, compiled from the original vinyl sources by Israeli musician Sagol 59 and journalist / record collector Eran Dinar.
Here are two cool clips featuring some of Israel’s dopest MCs ripping it at the IDC 106.2FM radio studio in Hertzlyia. DJ Lil’ Or is on the 1′s&2′s. Produced By Tomer Gershenman and Yehonatan Yehudai. Enjoy!
“When one thinks of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from
its long history through the present, hip-hop is not usually the
first thing to come to mind. However, if one studies hip-hop in
the state of Israel, one will find that it is inextricably linked to the
conflict there. Although its history is brief, hip-hop in Israel is
often political, including music by both Jewish and Arab artists.
These artists use their music to express their opinion about the
conflict, to define group identity, and to help the opposing side
understand their point of view. Because hip-hop has always been
linked to the conflict, it is reasonable to ask if hip-hop could thus
also be part of a solution to the conflict. Is it possible for Jewish
and Arab artists to come together through hip-hop to find
common ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?”………….