Music, Identity and Integration: An Evening with Italian Hip Hop Artist Amir Issaa

Music, Identity and Integration: An Evening with Italian Hip Hop Artist Amir Issaa

Music, Identity and Integration: An Evening with Italian Hip Hop Artist Amir Issaa

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location

Maher Hall, Salomon Hall (Maher 240)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

Free and Open to the Public

Details

Join us for a presentation and music workshop with Italian hop hop artist Amir Issaa.

A hip hop artist, Amir Issaa’s work is inspired by and tackles issues related to his own identity as a second-generation Italian. Born and raised on the outskirts of Rome, in the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Torpignattara, Mr. Issaa’s encounter with hip hop culture, in the nineties, rescued him from a difficult life and helped him find both a voice and a medium through which he could share his experience with others. After participating in various music collectives and collaborating with famous Italian rappers, he debuted with his solo album, Uomo di prestigio, in 2006. Since then, he has received numerous awards including nominations at the prestigious David di Donatello and Nastri d’argento film awards for collaborating on the soundtrack and/or authoring the theme song of the film Scialla! Currently he also collaborates with RAI, the national public broadcasting company of Italy. Activism plays an important part in Mr. Issaa’s work. He has been an active supporter of the campaign in favor of ius soli - a law that would allow children of immigrants to gain Italian citizenship by birth rather than by right of blood - and has collaborated with both antiracism organizations and schools to deliver music workshops aimed at building a culture of dialogue and inclusivity. In the recently published novel Vivo per questo (2017), Mr. Issaa recounts his life story also through the written word.

Event Sponsored By:

The Italian Program and the Dept. of Languages, Cultures and Literatures  

The Enhanced Student Faculty Interaction Fund

(event flyer)

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