Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

The bass pounded from the speakers, but the crowd sat idly by.  Amir, an amateur Kurdish rapper, struggled to beat out his raps, completely failing to move the crowd.  He left the stage in Azadi Park frustrated.  Amir saw many challenges facing the hip-hop scene in Sleimiani, quoting Tupac, his foremost  hip-hop influence: “I see [...]

The Enterprising Spirit in Domiz

As the conflict in Syria escalates,  an increasing number of Syrians have crossed the Iraqi border.  In April 2012, approximately a hundred people came through each day, but that number has escalated closer to seven hundred today. Domiz Refugee Camp, the largest in Iraq, continues to grapple with providing shelter and sustenance for forty to [...]

The Black Lips Bring Rock and Roll to Mesopotamia by J. Levkowitz

The Black Lips Bring Rock and Roll to Mesopotamia by J. Levkowitz

On Saturday, September 29th, the Black Lips walked onto the stage of a small college in Erbil, Iraq. This show was a detour from their greater Middle East tour in Cairo, Amman, Dubai, and Lebanon. Had the band members not already purchased tickets to northern Iraq during the summer, the show might not have happened [...]