Coast to Coast: Reflections from Al Andalus to Los Angeles
Date(s) - 03/17/2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown
Fresh off the heels of 3 sold out shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and over a dozen high-profile performances at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Syrian-American rapper / poet Omar Offendum brings a deep love for Hip-Hop and Arabic poetry to his old stomping grounds of Georgetown for a very special performance-lecture. Joined by Chicago-based Palestinian Oud virtuoso Ronnie Malley, these multi-talented musicians offer a unique perspective on Arab-American artistic expression, weaving stories of the past, present and future as they trace the influence of Al-Andalus and Arabic-speaking peoples on music and culture from New York City’s ‘Little Syria’ neighborhood to the birth of California Surf Rock.
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to host Omar and Ronnie in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies, the Department of History, the Humanities Initiative, the Department of Performing Arts, and the Lab of Global Performance.
The event will be held in McNeir Auditorium on Georgetown’s main campus. It is located in the New North building. Start from the University’s main gates on 37th & O Streets. Head directly into campus between Healy and Copley Halls to the right of the statue of John Carroll. Follow the pathway past the Davis Center around to the left through the tunnel. Take the stairs down one flight immediately to your right as you exit the tunnel.