• 09​ 09​ 2016 •
Mazzaj Rap Band


Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Cologne
Combined ticket for Bachtyar Ali and Mazzaj Rap Band: 8 €, reduced 5 €
In Arabic with German subs

In Syria, rap is considered a foreign art, the music of devil worshippers or homosexuals, says Mohammad Abu Hajar, leader of Mazzaj Rap Band, one of the most radical and politically engaged groups of what was nevertheless a small but vibrant scene that continues to exist, although now in exile. Founded in Tartus in 2008, Mazzaj Rap Band’s sound fuses American rap with traditional dabke music, while its texts offer scathing social commentary from a position “somewhere left of Marxism,” railing against the high cost of living, the restrictions on freedom, and honor killings. In 2012, Abu Hajar fled Syria after being detained and tortured and now lives in Berlin, continuing to produce. Mazzaj’s more recent tracks reflect this experience, attacking not only Assad’s crimes against humanity, but all the other authoritarian militias and profiteers who derailed the Syrian revolution.