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Arabic Beats

Arabic Beats

Date(s) - 02/22/2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Arab American Cultural Center

Layali al-Fan (Art Nights): Arabic Beats Workshop

About this event

Are you curious in knowing how to sample a beat? Do you wonder how your words and those beats combined sound like? This workshop will teach you to sample a beat and structure your poetry. Poetry & Arabic beats workshop is geared for everyone, beginners and those who have been writing for a while.

Join us for a Poetry and Arabic beats workshop with DJ Antonio Cesar of Solidarity Studios.

DJ Antonio Cesar is an international electronic music DJ based in Chicago. He is the founder of Planet Chambo, a music and dance series that showcases green spaces in Chicago, and Ghana Music Project, a platform that helps artists across the Diaspora connect to African tradition through hip-hop and sampling. As the director of the music conservation department at Solidarity Studios, founded by Ibrahim Maali, Cesar hosts workshops to help individuals and organizations connect to their own cultural traditions through music and beat making.


Ibrahim Maali – Ibrahim is a Palestinian-American activist and Hip Hop head. After years of seeing the Palestinian narrative and history he was so proud of be so vilified in his home, he was drawn to Hip Hop at an early age for its acknowledgement and celebration of counternarratives. While a student at Duke University he was able to explore the cultural and historic role of the arts in addition to his intense interest in history, particularly South African and Middle Eastern. Ibrahim has worked with NGOs in Durham, North Carolina; Amman, Jordan; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Cape Town, South Africa. He has been privileged to learn from and support some of these leading local organizations in their work on non-formal education, refugee resettlement, and asserting community identity. This work and his continued interest in helping Palestinians achieve justice by learning from a successful nonviolent struggle led Ibrahim to write his honors thesis on the history and strategies of Cape Town’s Hands off District Six anti-apartheid and anti-forced removal struggle. Their nonviolent movement was defined by nonsectarian coalition building and organizing community through memory and the arts. During a Duke course with Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder and esteemed sociologist Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Ibrahim was inspired to create Solidarity Studios by combining this in-depth academic study on successful nonviolent organizing with his love and passion for hip hop as a common language of global youth.

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