Hip hop group
- PALESTINIAN HIP HOP
is the HISTORIC first US appearance of members of MWR, a Palestinian
For more info, see their bio, below - or, go to www.mwr-rap.com.
KONTRAST - a New York City-based Filipino hip-hop group
NEW RAP ORDER
PLUS DJs and MORE PERFORMERS TBA
FEBRUARY 29, 2004 7PM
Sliding Scale Admission
for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10004 (Wall Street Area)
(646)473-0991 Fax: (646)473-0993
E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.alwan.org
THIS SHOW IS BEING ADVERTISED LAST MINUTE BECAUSE OF VISA PROBLEMS
THE BAND HAS FACED.Ê ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF MWR HAD HIS VISA DENIED
AT THE LAST MINUTE. HOWEVER, THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BAND ARE HERE,
AND WILL BE PERFORMING.
I'm an Arab" (translated lyrics)
are we living in a time without happiness and hope?
when you're looking for a job they gonna fire you
they turn you down and say you're not qualified
why? 'cause you're an Arab!
you go they want you to show your ID -
why can't we be equal
why are we not treated as humans?
of setting free the most beautiful doves of peace
they invent effective devices to kill
instead of looking for a way to peace
they ask why the youth is wasted
why are we living in a time without happiness and hope?
sees me, immediately arrests me, asks me
some racist questions, and why? Because I'm an Arab."
me live.Ê I'm just trying to live."
In 1999, after years of friendship, four young Palestinians, living
in Akka, Palestine, joined together and formed one of the first
Arab hip hop groups: MWR. Mahmoud, Waseem, Richi and Charlie (dj
Chuck) do not mince words. Their lyrics speak to their unique experience
as Palestinians living within the borders of Israel. Essentially
they live as third class citizens in their own homeland. Typical
to young people all over the world, American hip-hop has been a
great influence on the group's music, as has its Algerian counterparts.
MWR uses music both as an effective method of self-expression as
well as a tool to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinians.
Rapping almost entirely in Arabic, they sing about racism, poverty,
drugs, the Israeli occupation, and the lack of support from the
Arab governments. Their political focus and sharp, often biting
lyrics, combined with strong hip-hop beats and an unforgettable
stage presence, have earned them fans around the world.
I'm an Arab" topped the charts for two weeks on a Haifa radio station,
and MWR was named band of the year. The group has appeared on CNN,
MTV EUROPE, and other television networks worldwide. Most recently,
they performed in France. This was, in fact, their first trip outside
of the country. Additionally they have appeared throughout Palestine
- their performance at a rap festival in Nazareth last year drew
thousands of people. For more info on the band, as well as links
to some of their press, and songs you can download, go to www.mwr-rap.com
coalition of U.S. community, social activism and artist groups have
collaborated to bring MWR to the country. We see this as an opportunity
to build bridges between communities of resistance, and to bring
energy and inspiration to these movements. As far as we know, this
is the first time a Palestinian hip hop group has toured the US.