MEI Kaleidoscope | Wild for Hip-hop: Middle Eastern Youth Embrace Genre as Agent of Change

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MEI Kaleidoscope | Wild for Hip-hop: Middle Eastern Youth Embrace Genre as Agent of Change

12 Dec 2018
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Anyone familiar with the culture of the Middle East or has lent a listening ear to Middle Eastern radio would know that Arab airwaves most often play crooning ballads and melodic love songs from the likes of legendary Egyptian singer Umm Khulthum and Lebanese star Fairuz to popular artists Amr Diab and Nancy Ajram. However, a bold and dynamic genre has emerged from the underground and gained momentum in the region for the social and political messages it holds: Hip-hop is now hailed as the voice of disenfranchised Arab youth.

 

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