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If you haven’t yet heard, Soi Music TV is a pan-Asian urban music portal that is helping spotlight some of the best Asian talent in the world. In May, Soi Music TV was in Los...

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The U.S. State Department is sending the San Francisco-based hip hop group, Audiopharmacy, on a Southeast Asia and Pacific tour, as part the federal agency’s American Music Abroad program. By Cheryl K. Chumley (The Washington...

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After two years of work, August 31st marked the release date of Switzerland hip-hop pioneer DJ Jesaya’s Operation Hope mixtape, a 27-track charity project for a child-aid program in India packed with an impressive roster...

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Palestinian hip-hop pioneers DAM (damrap.com) released a new song and powerful video today taking aim at violence against women. In the track, “If I could go back in time” – featuring Amal Murkus – the group’s members Suhel Nafar, Mahmood...

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Making hip hop in Saudi Arabia is a bit of a tightrope act, says Qusai Kheder, self-styled ambassador for the genre who has built a niche following for his sex-and-violence free brand of rap music....

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Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name The Narcicyst (or Narcy), is an Iraqi-Canadian MC and journalist. A longtime fixture in the North American hip-hop scene and a pioneer of the Arab hip-hop movement,...

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B-boy stance in Japanese schools!

October 12, 2012 | Comments

As strange as this may seem, calling in private-sector dance-school instructors is becoming increasingly common in Japan’s public schools these days — as is the training of school teachers by such instructors. This was made...

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At long last, Egypt’s most prominent hip-hop group, Arabian Knightz, released its debut LP, Uknighted State of Arabia. After multiple pushbacks, censorship delays, threatening calls, trailers, promos and perseverance, the rap crew and its extensive...

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El Rass – Lebanese MC ‘Unveils the Hidden’

September 24, 2012 | Comments

In a sea of otherwise unappetizing pop-market Arabic musical fare, the alternative music scene in Lebanon has produced yet another artistic gem, this time with a collaboration that straddles the highly progressive but insular experimental...

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There are those who equate graffiti with vandalism. For straight-laced listeners, hip-hop that’s critical of Lebanon’s sectarian system and state policies generally is the musical equivalent of vandalism. So it may seem paradoxical that a...

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