Rapping across the sectarian divide

Rappers from across Lebanon's confessional divide, including some from the Palestinian camp Bourj al-Barajneh, performed in downtown Beirut on Monday.
© Samer Mohdad / arabimages.com

By all accounts, Monday night's MENASSAT-sponsored "Reconciliation Hip-Hop" showcase in downtown Beirut was a success.

More than 150 people attended the open-air concert that featured over 70 minutes of music from rap talent that spanned Lebanon's confessional divide and included rappers from the Palestinian camp Bourj al-Barajneh. Performers included members of the 961 Underground Hip-Hop Family (MC Moe, Malikah, MC Zoog), members of the old-school Lebanese hip-hop group and extended members of the 961 Family, Kita3 Beirut (Siska, RGB, Baneli) and the Palestinian rap duo I-voice (YaSeen & TNT).

The event was incorporated into Nada Sehnaoui's public installation, "Haven't 15 years of hiding in toilets been enough?" and it represented MENASSAT's continuing efforts to engage in community activities that challenge the conceptions of media  and freedom of expression in the Arab world.

Sehnaoui told MENASSAT, "The young people – like the crowd that's here – this was the point of the exhibit. To get young people aware of the civil war."

The only female rapper to perform, Malikah from the 961 Family, told MENASSAT, "The event was totally different than anything that had been done before – Lebanese hip-hop performed on an open air stage with so many supporters – it was really huge for all the hip-hop crews! We can't wait to do it again!"

MC's not AK's
Posted on 04/18/2008 - 17:04
MENASSAT and Arab Images Foundation invite you for a historic night of "Reconciliation hip-hop" featuring Palestinian and Lebanese rappers. Monday night's free concert in Beirut is part of Nada Sehnaoui's eye-opening installation, "Haven't 15 years of hiding in the toilets been enough?" concert.jpg