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Hisham Aidi with Abdi Ega & Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr

hishamHisham Aidi hosts a conversation with writers Somali-American writer Abdi Latif Ega and poet, playwright, essayist and short story writer, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr. Aida is the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014), a study of how music—primarily hip-hop, but also rock, reggae, Gnawa and Andalusian—has come to express a shared Muslim consciousness in face of War on Terror policies. He 

[T]he richest cross-fertilization that you have between American music and Islam is in hip-hop, that begins in the early ’70s with the group Afrika Bambaataa, which emerged in 1973. They formed the Zulu Nation to combat street violence. And they begin to draw on Nation of Islam teachings. And then in the early ’80s you begin to get references to Malcolm X.” Hisham Aidi

Hisham Aidi is a Harlem-based writer. He teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014); Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008); and co-editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009).

Abdi Latif Ega is a Somali-American writer whose work engages history, literature and research of the new African world. His novel “Guban,” combines the immediacy of journalistic reportage with the imaginative expansiveness to explores the clash of modernity, urban civilization and the traditional in Somalia.

Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr is a poet, playwright, essayist and short story writer. Her life has taken her from the Benin port city of Cotonou to the artistic hub of New York’s Lower East Side. She was active in the Black Arts Movement in New York City in the 1960s and currently works as a writer and supporter of diasporic artistic expression. 

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PASS in NY: Hisham Aidi with Abdi Latif Ega and Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr

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Hisham Aidi is the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture, a study of how music—primarily hip-hop, but also rock, reggae, Gnawa and Andalusian—has come to express a shared Muslim consciousness in face of War on Terror policies. He hosts a conversation with writers Somali-American writer Abdi Latif Ega and poet, playwright, essayist and short story writer, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr. “[T]he richest cross-fertilization that you have between American music and Islam is in hip-hop, that begins …  ( continue reading

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Saturday 14 November 2015 Runnings

Nontsikelelo Mutiti‘s African Hair Braiding Salon at the Chimurenga Library in NYC provides a framework to publish and present a range of works that are physical and performative in nature.She gets the weekend programme started with a conversation on women in new media and technology with Torkwase Dyson, Samole Asega, Yulan Grant and Kimberly Drew (Black Contemporary Art). Next up, Africa is a Country present “Adrift: A soundtrack for migration,” the second of three panels, curated by AIAC managing editor, …  ( continue reading

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PASS pop-up at Performa 15 Hub in New York

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Through next week, we’ll occupy the Performa 15 Hub in New York with the Chimurenga Library. This multi-tiered programming platform takes the form of a library-of-people, bringing together a broad spectrum of collaborators and literal bodies of knowledge in an improvised, pop-up library which also functions as radio studio and market. The Chimurenga Library engages trade as both the process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services and the practice of exchanging ideas, imaginaries, perceptions, and vocabularies. Over five days, from …  ( continue reading

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PASS POP-UP at Performa 15 Hub, New York

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From 11 to 15 November 2015, the Chimurenga Library hosted PASS with a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews, and events with Chimurenga collaborators in New York, including musicians, journalists, writers, curators, and filmmakers. The live broadcast studio functioned amidst an installation that brought together pop-up stores that experiment with trade, informal economies, aesthetics and body language, music and spoken word, mobility and infrastructure. Working with collaborators such as Brooklyn-based African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Center (established 1971); artist …  ( continue reading

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