To stand up against inequality and social shortcomings. That is what all the 43 artists, who German photographer Sascha Kraus portrayed for his book FORTHRIGHT - Stronger than a weapon have in common. Over the past six years he traveled thirteen countries to find out that rap music can be seen as a universal approach for positive change that sometimes has a more direct impact than politics and the military. To address problems straightforward and direct, that is what FORTHRIGHT stands for. The book impresses on 444 pages with unique portraits and snapshots from all over the world. In-depth interviews with all portrayed artists and a double vinyl with selected songs foster the message of the book.
MasterPeace is organizing a mesmerizing heart-warming peace concert on Sunday 21 September 2014 where artists from major conflict areas in the world will perform together at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Together, they will demonstrate that sustainable solutions can only come by stopping armed conflicts. Together, they will put aside their differences, and give voice to what connects us: Music above fighting. The two hours long MasterPeace in Concert will be remembered as an exciting journey of hope, strength, opportunities and musical inspiration for all.
Many of the artists will be stepping onto the MasterPeace stage for the first time with âthe enemyâ â a musician from a country or group with whom there has been âarmedâ conflict. This collaboration with the âoppositionâ has the potential to provoke every strong reaction in their respective homelands. MasterPeace is currently working in many of these conflict zones aiming to bridge divides, and restore contact and dialogue.
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, createdÂ by two Iranian producers whose goal is to promote peace, tolerance and dialogue among artists from different nations.Â
The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presentsÂ 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 onÂ 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 59Â 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!