Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Shadia Mansour, Palestinian singer and MC, also known as "the first lady of Arabic hip hop," Amkoullel, a rapper from Mali, and Deeb, an Egyptian hip-hop artist, talk about their work in the Middle East and North Africa, and the political messages of their music as Egyptian, Malian, and Palestinian artists.

→ Live Event: These artists are in town for a series of events at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, including: "Mic Check: Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East" on Saturday, March 9.


Amkoullel, Deeb and Shadia Mansour

Comments [15]

Owen from Berkeley, CA

Wow, rudest guest I can remember on the show. Maybe no one told Shadia Mansour she could just turn down the interview?

Mar. 08 2013 10:14 PM

Ms. Mansour lost credibility with her lack of a simple ability to listen during a conversation and answer respectfully with the goal of informing. Instead, she came across as silly--a banal and combative "angry young woman."

The gentleman who called in had a perfectly articulate and reasonable and even interesting question, which she failed to grasp because she was more interested in being certain to launch certain of her favorite knee-jerk responses (that were apparently ready to be spewed at the mere hint of particular trigger-words --in this case, "Hamas.")

Brian's gracious handling of her unseasoned attempt to appear principled was admirable. His "Arab Spring" question might have been an opportunity, again, for Mansour to express ideas and inform, but instead her childish ego got the best of her and that opportunity was wasted.

Overall, her lack of grace and inability to consider questions thoughtfully caused her to lose credibility as an artist or activist.

Mar. 07 2013 07:20 PM

Videos made me cringe a little bit.

Mar. 06 2013 07:32 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

jgarbuz from Queens
Thanks for your daily views on this show. Fascist and racist, winning and forward-looking combos.

Mar. 06 2013 12:34 PM

What a joke. Ms. Mansour blew the whole interview by loosing it over a reasonable question. She proved her point of view comes from anger and not reason. If she was looking for any understanding or sympathy from your audience she failed miserably. She not only reinforced attitudes that are anti Palestinian but swayed a few people on the fence. Oops.

Mar. 06 2013 12:14 PM
Jay F.

The diva must be jet lagged and/or woke up on the wrong side of bed. Get over yourself - you'll go much farther by being a little humble.

Mar. 06 2013 12:09 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Brian, as a savvy media watcher you of all people should know that the term "Arab Spring" was coined by Western media and is not common currency in the so-called "Arab world."

Btw, are the videos deliberately meant as parodies of U.S. hip hop videos of 20 years ago?

Mar. 06 2013 12:07 PM

How does Shadia voice her opinion through her music when she seems so uninformed about the world around her?

Mar. 06 2013 11:58 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Brian - you should just ignore her.

Mar. 06 2013 11:58 AM

Why did Ms. Mansour get so upset by Mr. Lehrer's question about the Arab Spring?

Mar. 06 2013 11:57 AM
Listener from NYC

Palestine is occupied...define Palestine? The West Bank?
Why can't someone re-appropriate the keffieh? Isn't that what Arab Hip hop is about - art in general...I love the idea of re-appropriating stuff. Just look at pasta, it's not italian at all.
Not your friendliest guest.

Mar. 06 2013 11:57 AM

I guess she’s a moron or a coward.
Hamas wants to take your human rights away that’s what it has to do with hip hop.

Mar. 06 2013 11:57 AM
john from office

Wow what "attitude" almost like our Hip Hop "artist".

This is nonsense, Hip Hop changes nothing.

Mar. 06 2013 11:56 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Okaay...someone is in a bad mood.

Mar. 06 2013 11:56 AM
Janet from NYC

Brian, Most of the north of Mali has been liberated from the occupiers. True that Kidal's situation is still uncertain. But to say that the occupiers don't allow music as if the liberation hadn't happened is inaccurate.

Mar. 06 2013 11:04 AM

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