MARSM UK and SOAS Concert Series present: 20 Years of Palestinian Hip Hop – In Conversation with Tamer Nafar and Mahmood Jrere.
*This event is in conjunction with #MASRMDigital’s Music Film of the Month, ‘Slingshot Hip Hop’ is streaming for free from April 05-19.*
Join us as we look back at the fascinating trajectory of hip hop in Palestine, the beginnings of the alternative music scene, and the changes that accompanied the music in the last two decades. We will be exploring the spaces of performance, creative tools available for artists, the role of social media, and the evolution of the music scene through a lively discussion and insights from two of the most established Palestinian artists, Tamer Nafar and Mahmood Jrere.
Working together since the late 1990s, Tamer and Mahmood were two of the founding members of the iconic rap trio DAM, the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to shape rap in Arabic. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighborhood in Lyd, the trio were inspired to tell their stories through hip hop.