Sunday, January 25, 2009

Raperos american de origine arabe protesta le discrimination.

(Languages of this post: Interlingua, English)

Juvene americanos de origine arabe nunc comencia a documentar le problemas del palestinianos usante le recursos artistic de hip-hop, un forma de musica popular american que ha devenite un vehiculo importante usate per afroamericanos e altere minoritates statounitese pro protestar discrimination raciste e altere conditiones social que los opprime. Duo raperos arab-american, Omar Offendum (i.e., "offend them" [offende les]) e Ragtop de Los Angeles, es pioneros in iste nove manifestation de hip-hop.

"Le musica hip-hop sempre ha essite un voce de resistentia al oppression," diceva Offendum, de 24 (vinti quatro) annos, cuje nomine legal es Omar Chakaki. "E si tu es un membro de un familia arabe in le Statos Unite, problemas politic affice omne le aspectos de tu vita de multe manieras differente."

"Il ha vermente un sentimento forte de solidaridate inter nos con altere minoritates, como afroamericanos," diceva Ragtop, cuje nomine legal es Nizar Wattad. "Le palestinianos in Israel e su territorios vicin anque es opprimite como le minoritates de Francia e del Statos Unite."

Lo que illes dice in lor raps attraheva le attention enthusiastic de juvene americanos de origine arabe in un concerto in le Coda Club in New York City. Le parolas del raperos esseva in arabe e anglese, e le musica que les accompaniava combinava parve sectiones de musica popular e del musica classic del generation de lor patres con le rhytmos del tambures hip-hop.

In "Free the P" (Libera le palestinianos), Wattad e Chakaki diceva in le rhythmos forte ma natural e multo poetic del anglese usate in iste emergente genre artistic, "I place my pálms to the éast where my péople seek péace and fréedom from police contról (Io pone le palmas [de mi manos] al est ubi mi populo cerca le pace e le libertate del controlo del policia)."

Wattad, de origine palestinian ha un banda appellate le Philistines (philistinas), e Chakaki, de origine syrian, ha su proprie banda, le Nomads, e le duo ha apparite in Detroit e Dearborn, Michigan, tanto como Oberlin, Ohio, e Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Illes nunc promove lor nove CD con 24 (vinti e quatro) artistas differente del Statos Unite, de Canada, e del Medio Oriente. Le CD, como su cantion principal, ha le titulo "Free the P".

"Post le attaccos contra New York le dece un de septembre, le policia demandava que io sia examinate completemente nude 17 (dece septe) vices cata vice que io faceva un viage in un avion," diceva Wattad, protestante lo que ille vide como le discrimination crescente contra americanos de origine arabe.

"Nos non crede in le violentia inter le israelis e le palestianos," diceva Wattad emphaticamente. "Nos mesmo cantarea con un banda israeli si tal effortios poterea adjuvar a eliminar le odio."

Hmm, io me demanda si lor solidaritate con altere minoritates e lor opposition forte al oppression e al violentia anque include gente gay...?


Young Americans of Arab origin are now starting to document the problems of the Palestinians using the artistic resources of hip-hop, a form of American popular music that has become an important vehicle used by African Americans and other US minorities to protest racist discrimination and other social conditions that oppress them. Two Arab-American rappers, Omar Offendum and Ragtop from Los Angeles, are pioneers in this new manifestation of hip-hop.

"Hip-hop music has always been a voice of resistance to oppression," said Offendum (i.e., "Offend them”), twenty-four years old, whose legal name is Omar Chakaki. "And if you are a member of an Arab family in the United States, political problems affect all the aspects of your life in many different ways."

"There really are strong feelings of solidarity among us with other minorities, such as African Americans," said Ragtop, whose legal name is Nizar Wattad. "The Palestinians in Israel and its neighboring territories are also oppressed like the minorities of France and the United States."

What they say in their raps attracted the enthusiastic attention of young Americans of Arab origin at a concert at the Coda Club in New York City. The words of the rappers were in Arabic and English, and the music that accompanied them combined samples of pop music and the classical music of the generation of their families with the rhythms of hip-hop drums.

In "Free the P" (Libera le palestinianos), they said in the strong but natural and very poetic rhythms of the English used in this emerging artistic genre, "I place my pálms to the éast where my péople seek péace and fréedom from políce contról."

Wattad, of Palestinian origin, has a band called the Philistines, and Chakaki, of Syrian origin, also has his own band, the Nomads, and both have appeared in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, as well as Oberlin, Ohio, and Vancover, British Columbia, Canada.

They are now promoting their new CD with twenty-four different artists from the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. The CD, like its lead song, has the title "Free the P."

"After the 9/11 (nine/eleven) attacks in New York, the police made me undergo seventeen searches completely in the nude each time I took a plane," said Wattad, protesting what he sees as growing discrimination against Americans of Arab origin.

"We do not believe in violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians," Wattad said emphatically. "We would even sing with an Israeli band if such efforts could help eliminate hatred."

Hmm, I wonder if their solidarity with other minorities and their strong opposition to oppression and violence also includes gay people...?

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