Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

Listen: Rebel Music Playlist as Recommended by Hisham Aidi

Rebel Music: Songs Recommended by Hisham Aidi from blshow on 8tracks Radio.


Hisham Aidi

Comments [10]

A I Alter from NYC

Fascinating discussion, great music. I go to France frequently, and there is enormous interest in the Jewish-Arabic connection, from both Arabs and Jews.
But this discussion really pulled it together. I intend to rush out and read the book.

Mar. 26 2014 02:05 PM
Mohammed Daoudi from Putney, Vermont

Great book!!! A fascinating window into the contemporary muslim youth...wonderful !!

Mar. 26 2014 12:08 PM
Ric Rollison from Brooklyn

Love the excitement of culture clashing,and melding.Great stuff !

Mar. 26 2014 11:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Wow. "Yiddishe Mama" in Yiddish & Arabic was amazing! So was the rest, but that one really got to me. Thank you, Mr. Aidi! I hope your work can reach people of all faiths or no faith, & all ages.

And Brian, I suppose it's possible to go to your grandmother's wedding...if she remarries.

Mar. 26 2014 11:45 AM
Steve from Nyc

I find it unfortunate that music that is held up for its pan-culturalism is often a really cheesy version the musical genre into which it fits. Genre is apt. The musics we are hearing don't cross genres, they noodle aroud within them. An example of real panculturalism would be a Mexican resampled cumbia rebajada that steals a sample from an Egyptian spectacle film. That's a far more interesting sotuation than a contemporary suffi version of bad brains from boston. This music is only good fro its pancultural identity.

Mar. 26 2014 11:41 AM

There is an inherent indictment of Sufism in this in that there is something wrong with moderation. The guest seems to emphasize the "keeping-it-real" meme as if only hostility to "the man" is valid. There is a lot of unreasonable victimhood in hip-hop rap - a juvenile, self-righteous indignation about not only the injustice of the world, but celebrating the brutalization that occurs in ghetto life, perpetrated by the same celebrants on their own. It is sad romanticizing of circumstances, doing nothing but further alienating the youth and guaranteeing their continued marginalized subsistence.

Mar. 26 2014 11:40 AM
khadija Boyd from Brooklyn

Absolument lovely! Tks for bringing North-African sunshine to us. Merci enormement. ;}}} khadija

Mar. 26 2014 11:39 AM
Elaine from Baltimore

Please comment on Dieudonné M'bala M'bala

Mar. 26 2014 11:36 AM
G C from Queens

More stuff to come from places not usually thought to have pop music on a new website still in development

Mar. 26 2014 11:30 AM
Dr. Bencheikh from Brooklyn

ASA Hicham,

Congratulations on your book; Mabrook; Looking forward to your participation in Brian show's this morning. Brian is a cool, even though we disagree sometimes, I still must listen chaque matin!
I missed your live with Marco/PRI "The World" also one of my favorite rendez-vous of the day.

I read somewhere that you are doing some research about immigration and youth movement in Europe : check this link on u tube (tristesse immense of these European 2nd generations!so different from 2nd generations in the US!),
and when you finish check "Bienvenue au Maroc"‎ (beautiful about "blady" la fin est amusante/funny/typical).

Salut Hisham, see you soon sometime in cha Allah, the kids know about "ammi Hicham". They came twice to Sipa/CU for MSA events.

Tabarkallah alik,

Dr. Meryem Bencheikh

Mar. 26 2014 10:35 AM

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