The RapLab project originated from previous RAPOLITICS work with raptivists from Middle East and North Africa eager to use their skills in work with youth, such as RAPOLITICS Bokra, Tomorrow Today, Raptivists from Gaza, Rap Boost in Alexandria, Revolutionary Rap from Egypt and Rap Queens from the Middle East. As a result of the commitment and passion of these raptivists, the idea emerged to connect them to young people in Denmark with similar goals, exchange ideas, experiences, and perspectives, and facilitate workshops in the local community to learn about the differences and similarities. The project fits perfectly in RAPOLITICS’ focus on revolutionary rap and the MENA-region in 2012 and 2013.
RAPOLITICS Raplab MENA-DK brought in September 2013 together 35 raptivists – 20 from the Middle East and 20 from Denmark – to participate in a 9-day training in Copenhagen. The participants came from various countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, and Palestine and discussed, in the period of the training, future dreams and reflected on future opportunities in order to decide what they can do today to achieve what they want – personally and collectively. The project resulted in a number of tracks recorded by the participants as well as a series of “2-minute videos,” which together will form a youth manifesto about the future. The raptivists also facilitated workshops in high schools and engaged in dialogue with young people, youth organizations, danish rappers, youth debaters and associations in Denmark. The overall goal was to give the 35 raptivists an opportunity to learn, to teach and to communicate their ideas about youth, culture and music to a broader audience. The whole seminar finished off with a final concert in Vesterbro where all the rappers participated in a concert dedicated to the future discussion of the youth.
Article: Rappers develop “raptivism” (in Danish)
Article/video: Global HighSchools (in Danish)
Video: Cypher with XILL Entertainment part I
Videos: Hope Spoken/Broken
Event: Concert @ Basement
Event: Film with CPH:DOX
Event: Raptivism with Aisha Fukushima
Pics: of RapLab on Facebook
Tracks: from the participants on Soundcloud