Saturday, October 26, 2013

OO vs PP

OFFENDUM X POETS of PROTEST (Oo vs PP) is an experimental juxtaposition of some of the Arab World's most notable poetic voices layered & scratched by Filipino-American DJ Boo over a mix of sample-based Hip-Hop instrumentals from Omar Offendum's beat catalogue. 

The four poets sampled were Mazen Maarouf (Palestine), Manal Al Sheikh (Iraq), Ahmed Fouad Negm (Egypt) & Hala Mohammad (Syria) - as seen/heard on the Aljazeera Artscape series 'Poets of Protest' released a little over one year ago (Sep 2012). After listening to this short mix (16:15), we encourage you to watch the full documentary series which includes two more poets (Yehia Jaber of Lebanon & Al Khadra of Algeria / Sahara), as well as translations of all their verses & links to more of their inspiring work >>

It is our hope that this project can serve as a bridge between lovers of poetry & hip-hop - between America & the Arab World - between generations, languages, cultures & continents . . . Please share this mix with your friends, family, parents & professors!

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- Oo

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"We Have To Change (لازم نتغير)"

It was an honor to be featured in the latest music video by my dear sister Shadia Mansour - produced by Jordanian beatmaker Damar & directed by Global Faction. The video was released earlier this month as a dedication to her late cousin Juliano Mer Khamis, an Israeli/Palestinian actor, director, filmmaker & activist known for establishing the Freedom Theater in Jenin ... May he rest in eternal power + peace.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2013"

Omar Offendum: Hip Hop and Peace - March 2013 from Nobel Peace Prize Forum on Vimeo.

Last night I had the honor of presenting / performing at The Nobel Peace Prize Forum here in Minneapolis. It was a mix of live music, poetry, speech & reflection. My portion is about 1hr followed by another performance-lecture delivered by my dear Brother Ali. We then have a short Q&A with the audience & moderator towards the end. Much respect to all the peace-loving people who organized, volunteered, supported & attended this beautiful event hosted by Augsburg College.

I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting one of my biggest inspirations - the Yemeni Revolutionary Journalist / Activist / Educator / Nobel Laureate / Mother / SuperWoman - the ever-inspiring Tawakkol Karaman ... She was the first Arab woman, second Muslim woman, & youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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- Omar