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Omar Offendum Residency. Work in Progress Showing: Little Syria

Omar Offendum, Syrian-American rapper and poet
Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:00-11:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Omar Offendum’s residency culminates with a work-in-progress performance. Set amidst the backdrop of the fabled Little Syria neighborhood in NYC (1880-1940), this unique performance project bridges hip-hop & live Arabic instrumentation with the time-honored “Hakawati” storytelling traditions of the Levant. Offendum (Syria via LA) is joined by oud virtuoso Ronnie Malley (Palestine via Chicago) and DJ/beatmaker Thanks Joey (Syria via Brooklyn), to uncover what life in the heart of Arab-America was like over a century ago, while informing much of what is happening today in terms of immigration, xenophobia, Syria, and the ever-evolving notion of an “American dream.”

This event is free but registration is required, please register on the UMS website here:

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Event Type: Performance
Tags: immigration, Middle East Studies, Multicultural, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Syria, UMS, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, International Institute

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).