U.S. RAPtivist Aisha Fukushima brings musical activism to the West Bank and Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem on Wednesday concluded a musical tour of the famous American “RAPtivist” and hip hop singer Aisha Fukushima with a final show in Ramallah.  “RAPtivism” or “rap activism,” a new form of global hip-hop art, combines music and activism together to promote civil rights, freedom, and justice.

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem sponsored Aisha Fukushima’s tour of Jerusalem and the West Bank, organizing popular live concerts in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Nablus in collaboration with a variety of cultural institutes including the Bethlehem Academy of Music, An Najah National University, the Young Christian Men’s Association YMCA, and the Fuego Restaurant in Ramallah.

Public Affairs Chief Chris Hodges said, “Aisha Fukushima models the best of hip hop music by using her incredible voice to champion the values of tolerance, empowerment of women, and respect for human rights.  She uses her musical gifts to strive for social justice in a powerful, peaceful, and productive way.”

The program included concerts, workshops, and jam sessions with talented young Palestinian students and musicians, with special focus on key democratic values including citizenship, social justice, and freedom of speech and expression. Impressive participation from young musicians put the spotlight on several Palestinian artists using music as a tool for change in their own communities.

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For more information please contact the U.S. Consulate General’s Press Office at 02-622-6908 or Samar Dissi 0546620257.