My Life in Song: Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar

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Event Date: 
March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Allen Hall, Main Lounge
Address: 
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Description: 

Allen Hall/Unit One presents "My Life in Song: A Night with Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar." The evening will include a performance by Nafar, discussion, and Mediterranean/Levantine cuisine. The event is free and open to the public.

Tamer Nafar is a Palestinian rapper, actor, screenwriter, and social activist. He is the premier voice of Palestinian hip-hop and leader of the world's first Palestinian hip-hop group DAM. Tamer Nafar co-wrote and starred in the award-winning feature film Junction 48, inspired by his youth and early years as a rapper.

Nafar grew up in Lod, a poor Israeli city where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side. It's a place rife with violence, crime, and drug-dealers, just twenty minutes from metropolitan Tel Aviv and right next to Ben Gurion airport -- the only gateway to the State of Israel. In this impoverished place, Nafar reinvented hip-hop in its purest form: rage without hate, social-political awareness without empty materialism, and large audiences without selling out. He imported hip-hop into the Arab-Muslim ghetto and exported it back to the world with an Arabic flavor and a feminist message. Today, millions of fans worldwide follow Nafar's rap group, DAM, which has released two albums and multiple music videos. Nafar serves as a role model for young Arabs across the globe.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Unit One/Allen Hall, Students for Justice in Palestine, Center for Global Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Central Residential Funding Board.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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