Born and raised in Rome from an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, Amir Issaa is an internationally renowned hip-hop artist who has creatively collaborated with several artists over the decades. He is also a passionate social activist and educator committed to the BLM agenda in Italy. As part of his activist work, Amir regularly holds rap writing workshops in schools, prisons, and colleges across the world. Amir is also an author: Vivo per questo (2017), his personal and artistic autobiography, is a testament to the challenges and imagination of the second generation in Italy, while his second book, Educazione Rap (2021), looks at rap as a poetic linguistic exercise as well as a shared experience of social impact across borders.
At Montclair State University, he will present Power to the Words/Potere alle Parole, a two-part program on Mon. Oct. 3:
- A concert at 8pm in Leshowitz Hall (inside Chapin Hall – the Cali School of Music) as part of the Hip Hop Residency Week Program.
- A workshop at 5:30pm in Schmitt 110 in Italian for students interested in learning how to write rap songs (seats are limited).
For more information and to RSVP (note there are two separate RSVP forms for the concert and the workshop): tinyurl.com/AmirMSU
Organized and sponsored by the Inserra Endowed Chair In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures) at Montclair State University.
In partnership with the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University as part of the Hip Hop Residency Week Program. See full program and bios of artists and scholars Rahzel, Jon B., Sonita Alizadeh, Toni Blackman, and Dr. Elliot Gann. Co-sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook.