Palestinian & Israeli Hip Hop Showcase : Hip Hop Sulha

– HIP HOP SULHA: The Israeli & Palestinian Hip Hop Showcase –

Hip-Hop Sulha is an Israeli and Palestinian hip hop showcase that will
feature some of the most current and world-renowned Muslim, Jewish,
Palestinian and Israeli hip-hop musicians. The first installment of
this recurring series will take place in September as part of The Oyhoo
New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. The event will feature
artists at the forefront of both the Israeli and Palestinian hip-hop
scene, including members of HadDag Nachash and The Philistines among
others, performing together on one stage in a unique artistic attempt
at conflict resolution.

The goal of Hip-Hop Sulha is to inspire a new generation of Muslims and
Jews — in particular Israelis and Palestinians — to use art and music
as a way of interacting with one another, with hopes of finding
understanding and common ground between them. We wish to see these
communities united, and to help these newly-formed relationships extend
beyond our events. Proceeds from the concerts will be donated to
organizations that foster Israeli and Palestinian coexistence
initiatives through arts and sciences, such as Hand in Hand, and Givat
Haviva.

Musicians scheduled to perform include: top-selling Israeli hip-hop artist Shaanan Street of HaDag Nachash (whose last U.S. tour sold-out coast-to-coast); Palestinian rapper Saz (who has been the subject of two documentary films); Jewish American beatboxer Yuri Lane; the godfather of Jerusalem’s underground hip-hop scene, Sagol 59; Orthodox Jewish rap sensation Y-Love; turntablist sensation DJ Spooky; DJ Handler; and the frontmen of two of the West Coast’s leading Palestinian hip-hop outfits, Ragtop of the Philistines and Omar of the N.O.M.A.D.S.

Hip Hop Sulha is co-sponsored by Oyhoo, Modular Moods, Barzilai Productions and Corner Prophets. Oyhoo is part of the Downtown Arts Development, Inc. (D.A.D.), a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development, and promotion of unique and compelling artistic programming. Fostering the relationship between artist and audience, D.A.D. markets and promotes its work through the creation of festivals, concert series, and other media forms. Modular Moods is an independent record label that produces a variety of hip hop, rock, and klezmer-jazz bands. Barzilai Productions, its sister company, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting multicultural arts events. Both companies are involved in collaborative projects with various artists and organizations, including the Workmen’s Circle, Sangament, Heeb Magazine, and the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts. Corner Prophets is Jerusalem-based hip-hop collective which promotes peace and coexistence through hip-hop culture.

Event Details: September 13th 2006 9pm @ SOBs 204 Varick Street Basement New York, NY 10014


 

Oyhoo, Modular Moods, Barzilai & Corner Prophets Present:

HIP HOP SULHA

(Israeli and Palestinian Hip Hop Series)

 

with top-selling Israeli hip-hop artist Shaanan Street of HaDag Nachash (whose last U.S. tour sold-out coast-to-coast); Palestinian rapper Saz (who has been the subject of two documentary films); Jewish American beatboxer Yuri Lane; the godfather of Jerusalem’s underground hip-hop scene, Sagol 59; Orthodox Jewish rap sensation Y-Love; turntablist sensation DJ Spooky; DJ Handler; and the frontmen of two of the West Coast’s leading Palestinian hip-hop outfits, Ragtop of the Philistines and Omar Offendum of the N.O.M.A.D.S.

September 13th @ SOBs

(200 Varick Street, Basement New York, NY 10014)

proceeds will be donated to Hand in Hand & Givat Haviva

(www.givathaviva.org & www.handinhand12.org)

 

extended info at www.hiphopsulha.com or www.oyhoo.com

 

ARTIST PRESS

SHAANAN of HADAG NACHASH Shaanan, the front man for Hadag Nahash is one of the most celbrated Israeli Hip Hop artists. His unique style of music blends Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Electro and Rock, all combined with a touch of Middle Eastern influence. Most of the lyrics deal with life in Israel and include a critique of social, political, racial and gender oriented issues. The lyrics express both pain and pleasure and are spiced up with a sarcastic sense of humor and a groovy sound. In 2004 he and his band their third album “Homer Mekomi” (Local Stuff). This album, The album, produced by internationally acclaimed musician Yossi Fine, went gold within a few weeks and established the band as one of Israel’s leading bands. Shaanan and co. have toured the U.S. several times and received extensive media coverage, including articles in The New York Times, The Rolling Stone Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle etc.
SAZ

Saz (Sameh Zakout) was born and raised in the lost Palestinian princess city called Ramle in a poor and rough neighborhood .the relationship of hip hop and Sameh started when the teacher of Arabic language in third grade examine Sameh to read a story, then he started to rhyme the words on the beat that his classmates made by clapping their hands and since that day he fell in love with hip hop. At first Sameh rhymed at school parties, birthdays and small shows. During his singing career some people were not encouraging him to continue in this kind of music but Sameh didn’t lost his faith to succeed in life.

Sameh studied in the Tera-Santa church, although the poverty and the difficulties Palestinian Arabs faced in Israel Sameh decided to fight thru music and the hip hop beats. At the age of 16 he began performing in small clubs, and today he has world tours: France, England, USA, Holland and more. The international media is very interested in his work, he had an article in the Rolling Stone, and he also had articles on CNN, French and Dutch television. Despite his young age a documentary film was made about him and his family, the film was broadcasted in more than 5 countries. Sameh has daily fights regarding his Palestinian identity, therefore his songs deal with political, social and personal issues.

Through his songs he tells the story of the Palestinian tragedy. His own grandfather was exiled from the village of Sdud in 1948. Sameh and his family live today in Ramleh, a city where Jews and Arabs live together in Israel. Other parts of his family ran away to Gaza and the West Bank.

Sameh was raised on values of equality and brotherhood between nations. His father and grandfather are communists who are not interested in religion and nationalism. They encouraged him to take part in joint activities of Arabs and Jews.

Sameh was very much involved in the Jewish society. He had many Jewish friends and used to go out with Jewish girls. But three years ago, since the Intifada started, Sameh began to ask himself questions about his Identity. Like what does it mean to be an Arab –Israeli in Israel?

SAGOL 59

Since crashing into the Israeli hip-hop scene with his 2000 debut (Recorded between 1993-1999), Israeli Hip Hop pioneer Sagol 59 (born Khen Rotem) has built a formidable reputation as an honest, unflinching, clever, articulate and highly original MC. boasting 4 Albums to date, plenty of musical collaborations with diverse artists and many live shows in Israel and overseas, Sagol has anticipated Israel’s current Rap boom and cemented his position as one of its most outspoken and talented leaders. Sagol has recorded the first-ever collaboration of Israeli and Arab MC’s (“Summit Meeting” featuring Tamer Naffar & Shaanan Streett, released 2001). He also hosts the monthly Corner Prophets/Old Jeruz Cipher Hip Hop events, taking place in Jerusalem and showcasing both established and up-and-coming artists. Within the last 6 years, sagol has performed alongside many well known artists, both local and international (Matisyahu, Kenny Mohammed The Human Orchestra, Remedy, Killah Priest, Sole of Anticon, Spearhead’s Michael Franti, Y-Love, Skinnyman, Taskforce and many others).

Y-LOVE

Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) is an MC unlike any other; he converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2000, and later took on the traditions of Hasidism (the mystical branch of Orthodox Judaism). He is among the most innovative freestylers on the scene, weaving seamless polyglot rhymes in English, Arabic, Yiddish, and Hebrew. Most unique is Y-Love’s revival of Aramaic, the language used to discuss Jewish Law and Kabbalah. With each word he spits in the tongue of ancient Babylon, Y-Love breathes new life into hip-hop, one beat at a time.

Y-Love has performed with these fine folks, Lou Reed, DJ Spooky, Matisyahu, & Steinski at venues ranging from Princeton to The Knitting Factory.

Y-Love has been written up in The Village Voice, The Time Out, The City Paper, The Gothamist, Jewschool, The Forward, The Jewish Press, The Jewish Week, The LA Jewish Journal, The Baltimore Jewish Times, Peace Magazine, New Voices, Jewtastic, Jewschool.com, Beliefnet.com, OrthadoxAnarchist.com, CornerProphets.com, AM-NY and a slew of other magazines.

VIDEO:

“Introducing Y-Love video”

watch it on Modular TV or You Tube

www.modularmoods.com/y-lovewww.myspace.com/ylovewww.thisisbabylon.net

Omar Offendum of ‘The N.O.M.A.D.S Since joining forces in 2005 with their release of the critically-acclaimed(‘Free-the-P Mixtape’), the N.O.M.A.D.S. and the Philistines have performedconstantly across the U.S. and Canada, raised thousands of dollars to

benefit the Palestinian hip-hop documentary ‘SLINGSHOT HIP-HOP’, produced a

joint album (‘N.O.M.A.D.S. vs. PHILISTINES’) and been featured by media

outlets including: the New York Times, Counterpunch, Blackbook, Reuters TV, Yahoo! News, Al-Jazeera

www.freethep.comwww.thenomads.bizwww.thephilistines.com

Ragtop of ‘The Philistines’ Since joining forces in 2005 with their release of the critically-acclaimed(‘Free-the-P Mixtape’), the N.O.M.A.D.S. and the Philistines have performedconstantly across the U.S. and Canada, raised thousands of dollars to

benefit the Palestinian hip-hop documentary ‘SLINGSHOT HIP-HOP’, produced a

joint album (‘N.O.M.A.D.S. vs. PHILISTINES’) and been featured by media

outlets including: the New York Times, Counterpunch, Blackbook, Reuters TV, Yahoo! News, Al-Jazeera

www.freethep.comwww.thenomads.bizwww.thephilistines.com

YURI LANE

Yuri Lane is a Beatbox actor with 2 smash hit solo beatbox plays, “From Tel Aviv to Ramallah”, and “Soundtrack City”. Mr Lane has been acting professionally for 20 years. He has appeared in numerous commercials, TV shows and film. Yuri is excited to release his full length beatbox album this summer, filled with his world famous beatbox/harmonica tracks. He continues to tour the Country bringing Beatbox theatre to the masses!

www.yurilane.com

DJ HANDLER

dj handler (Erez) is the founder and director of Modular Mood Records, Barzilai Productions, and The Sephardic Music Festival. He has been said to be the ambassador of Israeli Hip Hop to the US. As the brains behind Modular Moods and many of the hyped parties in and around NYC, dj handler defies musical stereotypes. As a multicultural maestro, he spins a mix of Baile Funk and Afro Beat blended with 80’s free style and hip hop, while incorporating Ashkenazic cantorial music and traditional Yemenite melodies. He frequently collaborates with non-electronic musicians, creating textural fusions of live and recorded sound. dj handler’s music, style, and presence get famous US clubs to resemble the craziest festivals abroad. Erez has performed with Lou Reed, MC Paul Barman, Spankrock, Steinski, Daniel Carter, Matisyahu, DJ Spooky, Anthony Coleman, Tes, Uri Caine, DJ Rekha, Raedawn (Cruc Tesla), Speed, and countless others. London Radio’s 104.4 FM called him, “one of New York’s hottest Jewish musicians” and Heeb Magazine listed him in their “Hundred Heeb”. He resides and maintains his label, Modular Moods, within the auditory heart of Brooklyn.

www.modularmoods.com/handler

and special guest

DJ SPOOKY

Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. Miller’s first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was published by MIT Press in April 2004, and was included in several year-end lists of the best books of 2004, including the Guardian (UK) and Publishers Weekly. In 2005, Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on sound art and multi-media by contemporary cultural theorists will follow Rhythm Science.

www.djspooky.com

MP3s:
1.
Sagol 59 ft. TN and Shaanan Street – Summit Meeting(“Summit Meeting” is the first song to feature Hebrew and Arabic on the same track. TN is a Palestinian-Israeli rapper, Shaanan is the M.C of Hadag
Nachash. The song was recorded in 2001 and appears on Sagol 59’s second album,”Where did we go wrong”)

2. The N.O.M.A.D.S. – Dervish

3. The Phillistines – Free The P

4. Omar Offendum – To The Nile

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