Syria: Refugees Rapping for Social Change

Syria: Refugees Rapping for Social Change

The Syrian population are living in a war zone for more than two years, 80.000 people have already lost their lives – more than half of them civilians. According to the U.N., more than 4 million Syrians have fled their homes and have escaped Syria to live a life as refugees on the run. Read more…

Politics, Raptivism & Palestinian Unit

Palestinian Units two months in Denmark were filled with politics and raptivism. Ayman and Khaled from Gaza travelled around the country to 17 cities where they engaged with 3.000+ youth spread over 46 events. Quite impressive pace, right? Read more…

Wrapping the Rap in Gaza

Back in 2011 Khaled was working on a mixtape containing 23 minutes of ‘pure political shit’ with a great number of underground rappers in the Middle East. When Khaled’s contribution to the mixtape was ready, the studio refused to let Khaled record it.

“I rewrote it in the studio five times, because the studio refused to record the verse. If we recorded the verse we would be in a bigger trouble, because it was directly against the government without metaphors,” Khaled explains. Khaled’s verse ended up being more metaphorical after the rewritings. Read more…

A Month with Palestinian Unit from Gaza

Ayman and Khaled from Palestinian Unit (Gaza) have been here in Denmark for one month and:

  • visited Århus, Odense, Gentofte, Avedøre, Birkerød, Ikast, Hellerup, Husum and Copenhagen
  • faciliated, participated in and performed at 13 workshops in schools, high schools and universities
  • worked with 300+ Danish youth with our RAPOLITICS-coaches
  • performed for 500+ youth
  • recorded a track with Danish rappers
  • reached out to a even greater number of people through radio, tv and web Read more…

Rap in the Veins

The 14th of January 2009 four Israeli missiles stroke the place where Ayman lived with his family in Gaza. Ayman was in his room and did not get injured, but the attack killed his father and left his brother seriously wounded. Two days after the attack, on Ayman’s birthday, his father was buried. Read more…

Political rap: “I rap about the things I believe I can change”

She had this happy, playful little smile, red curly hair and earrings in rasta colours. I met Safaa at a RAPOLITICS workshop in Copenhagen in early September related to the project Tomorrow Today. Her lightness both contrasts and confirms her personality as a Palestinian female rapper who acts politically in her own way. Read more…

Palestinian Female Rapper back in Denmark

Safeya Hathot aka Safaa 3arapeye was born and raised in Palestine. Safaa began to rap as a 15-year-old. She couldn’t get her parents’ permission to hang out with the other rappers because they all were boys, but luckily she found another girl to rap with. Since then, she has enjoyed the full support of her parents, who like many in Palestine have discovered Safaa’s talent for rhythm and poetry. Read more…

Tiny Hip Hop Enthusiasts in Cambodian Suburbs

By first glance KK and Shhort seems, with their gang tattoos, mostly like somebody you would prefer not meeting in a dark alley alone. Nevertheless they are two very ambitious guys with a lot of passion for what they do. When I first visited Tiny Toones, I immediately fell in love with the place. Read more…

Shootings in Sierrra Leone!

This year Sierra Leone launched its first international film festival. I was in Freetown to participate in the festival and meet two young filmmakers from the Media Center WeOwnTv that are invited to facilitate pocket film workshops in Denmark later this year. Read more…

Rapping the Truth in Vietnam

Hip-hop has historically been known as the voice of the oppressed and as a revolutionary tool. So, how is hip-hop thriving in a country where so much is done to keep the voice of the people oppressed and the chance of a possible revolution down? Read more…

Where is the Rap Revolution in Jordan?

Try to google “Arab Spring and revolutionary rap” and you will notice two things. First, an enormous amount of articles will appear, many of them asking questions such as “Is Hip Hop Driving the Arab Spring?”  and “How Has the Arab Spring Changed Arabic Hip Hop?” Both very interesting articles by the way, so follow the links and read them after finishing reading this post. Second, you will notice that RAPOLITICS’ upcoming project with rappers from Egypt has surprisingly conquered the second highest google-placement – not bad, right? Read more…

Krump & Hipco: Youth Expressions in Liberia

Laura Lindegaard was in Liberia for RAPOLITICS. Read her blog about krump, hipco and Liberia’s youth. The sound of heavy breathing and feet rhythmically stomping the floor hit me from across the room. I’m looking at Abraham Vahn through my camera. He is 21 years old and a krump dancer. The only sound I hear is the heavy breathing, the sneakers as they stomp the floor and the sounds of a body making aggressive movements. It looks almost as if he is fighting an invisible enemy. The hip hop beats that would normally accompany the dance only play in his headphones. It gives an almost poetic feel to the moment as I capture the movements of krump in a house in the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Read more…

Competition: Help us find a cool name for our blog!

We need a cool name for our blog! A name that represents our vision and that is appealing and fun. Submit your suggestion before April 15th and take part in the competition for a mobile recording device from Apple, a Casio G-Schock watch or a pair of sneakers from Reebok! Read more…