North Africa's Hip Hop Protest Music

Friday, February 11, 2011


In the midst of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the protests elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, a group of Libyan exiles who run a website called Khalas noticed one surprising common thread in the voicing of discontent … rap music. Across the region rap artists were providing the soundtrack to protests in the streets. So Khalas decided to contribute by releasing a mixtape of their own. Khalas co-founder Abdulla Darrat talks about the influence of hip hop in this latest round of protests.

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Elmattic from thereabouts

The Khalas mixtape is available on Mediafire:

Also here is a mixtape of a range of current/past Mideast hip hop protest songs:


Mar. 10 2011 03:32 AM
forteller from Norway

Could someone who downloaded this album upload it somewhere so others can enjoy it to? I've tried finding it other places after the website went down, but no luck.

Mar. 02 2011 06:45 AM
CAW from in a little blue northeast corner of the States

I downloaded the album a couple of days ago before the link was deactivated and I'm playing the whole thing on my world music show this coming Monday. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you, for giving the musicians of revolution a voice on your show. Fantastic.

Feb. 18 2011 08:05 PM
Zachary Hinton from Raleigh

Although the stereotypical rapper degrades women and promotes sex, drugs, and money, this article def shows that not all rappers are the same. I think there is a power in music. Hip hop to be more specific. I think it's great that people are using rap music to be a positive impact on other people.

Feb. 18 2011 11:29 AM
Robert Vanderlan from Ithaca, NY

Great story. As mentioned, the links are dead. Any chance you could update and point us to the site and the music?

Feb. 18 2011 08:22 AM
tymp from oregon, usa

the links are currently dead. bummer.

Feb. 18 2011 12:32 AM
Dion "Twayne" Watson from Broadcasting II

I think music plays a huge part in life when it comes to expressing feelings , and this is a good article cause it shows how the rap game is very diverse and brings out the best in are youth. this may inspire a whole nation to stand up for what is right. This is a very important article.

Feb. 17 2011 01:08 PM
Will Hernan

The rappers are providing an anthem for the protesters in Egypt. Music is a universal Language in a way that no matter what language you speak you still get the message that has been put iinto the song.

Feb. 16 2011 01:03 PM

I think this is a very important article because it talks about how Rappers have used their musical talents and abilities to combine together as a youth to bring out a positive message to make a change. It shows that they actually care about their political future. I also think it is very great and influential on how they are basically writing letters to politics to make a change.

Feb. 15 2011 11:34 AM
wayne from Los Gatos, CA. USA

Really enjoyed this segment and the political straight talk in the songs of the rap artists. I looked at the Khalas website but I couldn't find any translations of the rap songs that Abdulla Darrat played. Any chance you could print up the translations to some of these songs? The Arabic rap was great, but the meaning and intent of the songs was what really grabbed me.

Feb. 14 2011 07:22 AM
john gilstrap from US

Excellent segment. should put a share button on it.
the contrasts of rap content in the US is radically different. some life lessons to be exposed here.

Feb. 14 2011 06:10 AM
Matt R from Brooklyn

This was one of the best segments you all have ever done. I'm a big OTM fan because you find unique and important stories that are just not found elsewhere. This is a case in point. Bravo!
I've been thinking about the effect of rap and hiphop in the US and I believe there is more to be explored about this in our country as well. Keep going!

Feb. 13 2011 12:38 PM
robert from miami beach

very kool

Feb. 12 2011 06:57 PM
Betty V. Holcomb from Chicago, IL

Please send this, unrequested, of course, to Glen Beck and the Tea Party, who think they know what's going on in North Africa and the Middle East............

Feb. 12 2011 04:40 PM

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