hip hop is education: dam (palestine) + invincible (detroit) + rebel diaz (bronx) wrecking shop at southpaw (brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dear readers,

last nights hip hop show at southpaw (brooklyn), featured flown in palestinian rap group, “dam,” rebel diaz, and invincible. the event was a fundraiser for a delegation of native american youth to palestine. the result, a spirit raising, head nodding, red hued, rocking night.

dam at southpaw, brooklyn (4.7.09)

dam at southpaw, brooklyn (4.7.09, photo: roopa singh)

bronx trio, rebel diaz, rocks the mic (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

bronx trio, rebel diaz, rocks the mic (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09) photo: roopa singh

invincible represents lovely for detroit (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

invincible represents lovely for detroit (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09) photo: roopa singh

the concert was co-organized by the good folks at the palestine education project, slingshot hip hop, and snag magazine.

organizer ora wise (pep), and anna ortega celebrating a great show

organizer ora wise (pep), and anna ortega celebrating a great show (southpaw, brooklyn 4.7.09) photo: roopa singh

invincible was on when i came through the door, i said it before. later in the show dj oja goes about ilana, “one of the best female mc’s out there,” and invincible goes, “fuck that,” and they go back and forth till invincible goes, “one of the best mc’s out there period.” which i appreciated. invincible has the ill music video out where she goes back to roots (israel) to branch out further. in the bright, glossy hip hop video, recently screened at south by southwest, invincible unpacks the israeli birthright trips with humor and a dope beat.

invinvicible shocking the mic (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

invincible shocking the mic (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09) photo: roopa singh

rebel diaz, man these three stole my heart when they ripped it almost every night at the u.s. social forum in atlanta two summers ago. they truly held the space, and thats what i like about them, they hold the space all the time. with charge and love, shouts to all mc’s battling the nypd and to female mc’s, us most especially.

rebel diaz ignites the crowd (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

rebel diaz ignites the crowd (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09) photo: roopa singh

dam, a rap trio just in from palestine worked the stage so hard. their performance was raw and vulnerable. dam is strong enough to be proud of their native tongue (arabic), strategic enough to master a new tongue through hip hop (english). i loved it when dam led the audience in a hip hop lesson on the arabic alphabet, in its entirety, backwards and forwards. the songs were electric, backed by one dam mc’s instruction, “if we can learn english through hip hop, you can learn arabic through hip hop.” it reminded me of the blackalicious english alphabet vignette. except so live you could taste it, ptsd morphed into pure energy. honestly, a little lost for words on these guys, check the pics.

southpaw welcomes dam to the stage with open mouths (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)
dam (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam teaches us arabic through hip hop (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam teaches us arabic through hip hop (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam keeps the arabic alphabet alive through hip hop (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam keeps the arabic alphabet alive through hip hop (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam(n) (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

dam(n) (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

what a great night in brooklyn. peace to the flatbush crew, all the mc’s, and to pep!

so fresh and so clean: roopa singh (political poet) and mc ora wise (pep) (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

so fresh and so clean: roopa singh (political poet) and mc ora wise (pep) (southpaw, brooklyn, 4.7.09)

more later,
political poet
*roopa singh*

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3 thoughts on “hip hop is education: dam (palestine) + invincible (detroit) + rebel diaz (bronx) wrecking shop at southpaw (brooklyn, 4.7.09)

  1. nirit says:

    Hi Roopa
    I am writing my thesis about Pali hip hop and I was in this event. Can you tell me what was the name of the other lady that emceed with Ora? She was Native American.

    Thank you,

    nirit

  2. mjfreek says:

    Hey, I love your site. It seems most people don’t really bother writing articles that lack substance nowadays.

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