Sat, March 17, 2007 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Alwan for the Arts Invites
To A HIP HOP NIGHT With Head Roc & Iron Sheikh Special Guest DJ Rekha, Spinning at 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2007, 9:00 PM $10
Head Roc http://www.head-roc.com/ For over the past ten years Head-Roc has been regarded as the best that DC Hip Hop has to offer! Dubbed “The Mayor” of the DC Hip Hop, Head-Roc has come to embody the passions, hopes and dreams of a wonderfully talented and all too often overlooked DC music scene. His unparalleledability to reach music lovers of all tastes puts him on par with established national recording artists in both music creation and live performance. In 2004 Head-Roc released his solo debut The Return of Black Broadway to rave reviews and top chart position on college and underground radio. In support of this album, Head-Roc toured Europe and the US West Coast, doing interviews, appearing on radio stations and delivering life changing performances for thousands of fans. This grass roots movement helped to earn Head-Roc the 2005 Washington Area Music Association award for Hip Hop Album of the Year. The Head-Roc War Machine (Head-Roc, featuring Noyeek the Grizzly) has been wowing audiences nationwide with their high impact live performance, rocking stages alongside national Hip Hop, Alt/Indy, Soul and Punk Rock acts – and converting countless witnesses into believers along the way. Head-Roc’s honest and relevant lyrics are a refreshing change in this current era of corporate Hip-Hop exploitation. His music has inspired many in the progressive movement to rethink Hip Hop’s potential for achieving social change and he is widely regarded as one of the key voices in this movement – setting the perfect stage to release his sophomore solo album: Negrophobia!
Iron Sheikh http://www.ironsheik.biz/ Using hip-hop as his medium, the Iron Sheik relays informed views on the Palestinian movement for independence, the war on terrorism, US foreign policy in general, the Arab world, and growing up Arab-American. Since releasing his first album, 'Camel Clutch 2003,' he has toured nationally, and performed internationally. Musically, the Sheik often draws on Arabic music, such as the legendary Um Kulthoum, Fairuz, Marcel Khalife, Abdel-Halim, and more. Intellectually, he draws inspiration from thinkers such as Edward Said, Ilan Pappe, Walid Khalidi, Hannah Arendt, and many others. He was a featured performer at the national American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Convention in 2003, the Palestinian-American Women's Association banquet in March, 2004, and at Awal Rabie (first Spring) put on by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy in Cairo, Egypt. The Sheik performed at Native American reservations, inner city schools, and community centers, among other places. Media as diverse as the Berkeley-based radio station KPFA, Egypt's Nile TV, the web-zine Muslim WakeUp, Wayne State University's South End Press, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jerusalem Report, and the New York Times have covered the Sheik's work. Iron Sheik's next album, 'Yet We Remain,' is expected for release in September, 2004. The Iron Sheik's music has been and will be featured in documentarties and films. Olive Trees made it into a Japanese documentary called "Visiting Palestine Under Occupation - Refugee Problem." It was produced by the Palestine Forum, based in Osaka, Japan. The Tale of 3 Mohammads was inspired by a film of that title by Nasri Zacharia, who is working on a music video for it currently. About Baghdad, from the upcoming album, was inspired by a documentary by that name, as well.
This event is cosponsored by Arab American National Meuseum The Nathan Cummings Foundation The Wallace Foundation John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Last updated: 2007-09-11 13:40:42
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