TALK + Performance with Moroccan rapper El Haqed (L7a9ed)
Did you know that El Haqed (L7a9ed), Moroccan rapper and activist, member of the February 20 movement, is doing his first ever European performance at Lund tomorrow? Read the before interview here: http://bit.ly/2pWLI7G
Don’t miss this unique event. In addition to the musical performance, two of the most well-known scholars of the Middle East, Africa and Music today, the Arab world's most controversial political rapper, and a leading arts curator in conversation music, religion, and the complicated, often violent relationship between them on both sides of the "Black Atlantic." More about the event here: http://bit.ly/2q1c0Ef
More about the event
Organized by Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre for Religious Studies and Theology at Lund University & Oscar Signe Krook's Foundation. After the conversation drinks and snacks will be served. The Moroccan rapper el Haqed and Reda Zine (filmmaker and music producer) will perform exclusive acoustic set.
The talk discusses the rise of both highly politicized music of the Black Atlantic tradition, from Reggae and Bob Marley to Afrobeat and Fela Kuti, as well as hip-hop in the US and Americas more broadly and how these often irreverent and always "weaponized" genres went up against the rise of highly conservative forms of Islam and Christianity that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s across West and North Africa, from Saudi-inspired Islamism to American-funded evangelical trends among Christians. Finally, Aidi and LeVine look at the intersection of religion and pop culture in the neoliberal global era through music in contemporary African and African American music, exploring the continuities and challenges of producing, consuming and politicizing popular culture today on both sides of the Atlantic.
Hisham Aidi is a lecture at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a fellow at Columbia’s Center for Contemporary Black History, where he edits the journal Souls. He has also worked as a journalist, contributing to various magazines (ColorLines, The New African, Middle East Report. He was born in Tangier, Morocco to an Arabic and Berber-speaking family. His latest book Rebel Music – Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture (2014) won the American Book Award in 2015.
Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center For Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. LeVine is also an accomplished rock guitarist and has played with noted rock and world beat musicians such as for example Mick Jagger, Chuck D, Michael Franti, and Doctor John. LeVine has written and edited several books for example: Heavy metal Muslims: the rise of a post-Islamist public sphere (2009) and Islam and Popular Culture (2016)
Tia Korpe (Moderator) has spent the last decade working in the music, social change, and cultural industry and is a DJ and Hip Hop activist. Korpe has consulted for a number of festivals, UNESCO Youth, International Music Council, Freemuse, Danish Center for Culture & Development. Since 2010 Korpe has worked across the Middle East and North Africa as the Program Officer for the MENA Region at the Danish non-profit organization Turning Tables (http://turningtables.org/). Korpe is also the co-founder of Jordan’s first Urban Arts festival 'The Word Is Yours' and an external lecturer at Copenhagen University MA elective Global Urban Studies.