German-Saudi Hip Hop Debut

Max Herre onstage
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German-Saudi Hip Hop Debut

What happens when Qusai and Max Herre—both hip hop artists, one from Saudi Arabia, the other from Germany—join together for three days of workshops with 60 up-and-coming rappers organized by the Robert Bosch Foundation in the city of Jeddah? The first German-Saudi hip hop song is born.
October 16, 2013 by Nicolette Stewart

The event “Jeddah Hip Hop Jam” took place in January 2013, and “helped to broaden the horizons of what had previously been considered possible in the cultural landscape of Saudi Arabia and set new standards,” according to the Robert Bosch Foundation.  Participants were invited to network, present their own work, and perform in Arabic-English-German freestyle sessions.

The result was “From Berlin to Jeddah,” what is being called the first Saudi-German hip hop song.  It was written, recorded, and produced entirely during the three-day session and then performed on January 30th at the first public hip hop concert in Saudi Arabia with Saudi groups Jeddah FAM and Run Junction performing alongside Qusai and Max Herre.  You can watch a video of the song by clicking on the “video” button at the top of this article.

October 16, 2013 by Nicolette Stewart