I'm posting the day before the event, but I just wanted to note that it is occurring: 2 hip-hop benefits for Gaza. About time! If you can't attend, you could still send money to American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), to help the Gazans.
Note in particular the participation of Immortal Technique. I really like the sound and the politics of his album, The 3rd World.
And also, Sabreena da Witch (Abeer), who appears in Jackie Salloum's film about Palestinian rap, Slingshot HipHop. Check out her myspace page here.
And, DJ K-Salaam, an Iranian-American. His mixtape with Beatnick, NY Is Burning, is terrific. (And the cover features a kufiya.)
Here's the announcement I received via Facebook:
Enraged by the news about Gaza?
Come out on MLK weekend to find strength, community, and the will to challenge our government’s unconditional support of Israeli's actions.
Musicians, hip hop artists, poets, and visual artists concerned about the ongoing attacks on Gaza come together for two public performance events this Sunday, January 18th
Two Sister Events:
HANDS OFF GAZA: Excerpts from the documentary “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land," performance, poetry, and video messages from Palestinian musicians Shadia Mansour and DAM. 5-7 pm, Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St, 4th floor (between Broad and Broadway), Manhattan. $20 suggested donation… no one turned away.
I (HEART) GAZA: A night of hip hop, dancing, and artistic resistance.
9pm- 4am @ Sugarland 221 N 9th St (between Driggs Ave & Roebling St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 21+ (bar) $10 ($5 if you go to HANDS OFF GAZA)
Confirmed performers include:
HANDS OFF GAZA: Immortal Technique, G.O.D, M1 from Dead Prez, Aalikes, Rebel Diaz, Remi Kanazi, Tahani Salah, Khalil al Mustafa, Hasan Salaam, Marcel Cartier, Sabreena Da Witch, and DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy)
I (HEART) GAZA: DJ Unconquer'd, Rebel Diaz, DJ K-Salaam, Remi Kanazi, Koba, Queen Godis, Sabreena Da Witch, DJ Oja, Donny Goines + projections: Art and Resistance
The events will be “bridged” by a Subway Freedom March leaving Alwan for the Arts at 7:30pm and ending at Sugarland in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
**100% of the money raised at the events will be donated for Humanitarian aid to Gaza through MAP UK and Anera.org.