Gabriel San Roman
Shadia Mansour, First Lady of Arabic Hip-Hop, Shares Stories and Songs
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Shadia Mansour, a London-born Palestinian rapper, took the tiny stage Wednesday night at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory to big applause. A crowd of mostly feminist women of color filled the seats and stood in the back of the beautiful warehouse space for a chance to hear their hip-hop heroine. Latinas know Mansour best for her guest verse on Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux's "Somos Sur." Palestinians revere the anthem "Al Kufiya Arabiya" (The Kufiya is Arab) she first unleashed on the world as a solo performer.
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