500 Female Emcees: Meet Shadia Mansour-First Lady of Arabic Hip Hop

Shadia MonsourKnown as the First Lady of Arabic Hip Hop, British born, Palestinian, Shadia Monsour has been kicking up dust and making moves for a minute. Her politically charged songs in which she both sings and raps have been a source of pride for many who are in the liberation struggle for Palestine…

Shadia began rapping in 2003 and has gained recognition in the Middle East, Europe and the United States for her own songs and collaborations with other artists. She performs wearing a traditional Palestinian thawb and has said that she considers herself to be part of a “musical intifada” against the occupation of Palestine, conservatism and oppression of women.

Mansour’s first single, “Al Kufiya Arabiya” (The Kufiya is Arab), featured rapper M-1 of dead prez and lyrics emphasizing the kufiya’s role as a symbol of Arab nationalism. The song was written when Mansour discovered an American made blue-and-white colored Arab scarf with Stars of David on it. Mansour introduced her song on stage in New York: “You can take my falafel and hummus, but don’t fucking touch my keffiyeh”.

Mansour has recorded music with producer Johnny “Juice” Rosado of Public Enemy and was featured on Chuck D‘s website shemovement.com.She has also collaborated with artists like Iraqi rappers Lowkey and The Narcicyst, and Palestinian hip-hop group DAM. Mansour has toured with Existence is Resistance, an organization supporting hip-hop shows in Palestine, and is part of the “Arab League” of Hip Hop, a collection of performers who share views on the Middle East.

source: wikipedia

Shadia Mansour w/ M1 of dead prez Al Kufiya Arabiya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21OXQ4m1-Bo

Shadia Mansour w/ Omar Offendum We Have to Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LcLqP-GOj0

Shadia Mansour Sho Eli Saar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA6weVw5c3A

Ana Tijoux w/ Shadia Mansour Live Performance in Chile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8hXbCP1vBs

 

Comments

  1. LOVIN THIS!!!

  2. She’s great. Very talented.

  3. She’s dope. I played her first video for a bunch of my students from West Oakland Middle School and my students from Yemen loved it!

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