Thawra: Youth & Hip Hop in the Arab World [Special News Piece]

by Various Artists



Over the past few months Nomadic Wax has been reaching out to Arab hip hop artists around the world. We wanted to hear directly from them how hip hop was affecting the Arab uprisings and how the momentous events that were sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East were inspiring them to write music. The Nomadic Wax team, made up of DJ Magee, DJ Nio, and British journalist Rose Hackman bring you an original mix of in-depth reporting and authentic Arab and Arab-American sounds and perspectives, giving you the story behind the music - or rather the music behind the story.


A very special thanks to all the artists and individuals who participated in and contributed to the piece and to Wachem & DJ Killa of Rebel Records out of Tunisia.

This radio special features these individuals (listed in order of appearance):
1) Mohamad Ismail
2) Omar GeOman Xtrazick
3) Rah Zemos
4) Medusa
5) Yassir Laghdas
6) Hagage 'AJ' Masaed
7) Omar Offendum
8) Michael Ibrahim


released June 8, 2011
Created & Presented by Nomadic Wax
Exec. Producer: Dj Magee (Nomadic Wax) & Dj Nio (Zero Plastica)
Associate Producer: Rose Hackman
Writer & Interviewer: Rose Hackman
Story: Rose Hackman
Host: Ben Herson
Mix: Dj Magee
Audio Post-Production & Mastering & Final Mix: Ben Herson
Additional Mixing & Editing: Dan Kreiger
Graphic Design: Renaud Lioult
Music Consultant: DJ Boo, Mohamad Ismail, Hass Dennaoui

1. Intro by Krs One*
2. 25 January by Ali-Loka (Tunisia) *
3. Démoralisé by G.O. Man XtraZik (Tunisia)*
4. Prisoner by Arabian Knightz (Egypt) (Prod. by DJ Caz)
5. Head of State by El General (Tunisia)
6. #Jan25 by Various Artists. Featuring Omar Offendum (Syria/USA), The Narcicyst (Iraq/Canada), Ayah, Sami Mater, and Others.*
7. Rebel by Arabian Knightz (Egypt) (Prod. by Iron Curtain)
8. On Vise Plus Haut by Mr. T & Limbra (Tunisia)*
9. Ego Trip J Represente by Mr. Mustapha & G.O. Man XtraZik (Tunisia)*
10. Egypt 25 by El Far3i (Jordan)
11. Revolution by Rah Zemos (Lebanon/Canada)
12. Where I’m from by Nomadic Massive (Canada/Algeria) ft. The Narcicyst (Iraq/Canada)
13. (Background Instrumental) Shukran by Dj Nio (Italy)
14. Rasallah by Hagage ‘AJ’ Masaed (Yemen)
15. (Background Instrumental) From Rebel to Basement Sad Ins Demoralize pt. 2 by Dj Killa (Tunisia)*
16. Superhero by Omar Offendum (Syria/USA)
17. I am Searching by Alfaress (Morocco) ft. Tameeka Jones

Extra Instrumental Track:
“Africans Don’t Wanna Understand” – Ben Herson and Dan Cantor (Originally part of African Underground Vol.)

*KRS One recorded by Nio @ Trinity International Hip-Hop Festvial, 2010.
*tracks Courtesy of Rebel Records (Tunisia)


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