While browsing the internet exploring the world of Middle Eastern music, I found this article called “The Arab League of Hip Hop”. This article discusses the “political potency” of Arab Hip Hop, and its transnational existence and unity throughout the Middle East, by comparing it to the Arab League and jokingly calling it the “Arab League of Hip Hop”. The author mentions U.S.A. backing of Arab Hip Hop and of Hip Hop in general for diplomacy use, but he focuses mainly on the lack of support by the U.S. for Palestinian Hip Hop. He even mentions that Hamas does not support Palestinian Hip Hop.
What particularly stood out to me in this article was how Arab hip hop, specifically Palestinian, engages in a dialogue with various events throughout the middle east and the world. The example they gave was Shadia Mansour’s, a British-Palestinian artist, song “Koffeye Arabeyye/The Kufiya is Arabic”. She wrote this song as a reaction to the creation of an Israeli Keffiyeh. Mansour immediately reacted to the Israeli appropriation of the Kufiya by writing and performing her song. This incited a dialogue within the mainstream media, critiquing the existence of the Israeli Keffiyeh and showing support for Palestinians. This seemed to me to be a really good example of how Arab Hip Hop is politically engaged in current events and how it encourages dialogue about these events amongst its fans.