Jeddah’s Hip Hop Night

Updated 10 October 2012
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Jeddah’s Hip Hop Night

The weekend started off with an unforgettable evening at the US Consulate where eight local talents were discovered and others were supported. The US Consulate hosted ‘Saudis First National Hip Hop’ night for local rappers/musicians last Wednesday with a large audience who attended to show support, and others to discover new talents.
Hassan AKA Big Hass, also known as the founder of RE-VOLT Radio, a music activist and the creator of Saudis first Hip Hop FM radio show, hosted the event with great energy saying “It was an honor to host and introduce the event. I am proud of the local scene and how they all got together and supported each other, everyone had the back of real hip hop!”
The event started with Noureddin Hossam, a 19-year-old college student at the College of Business Administration, who’s also a music producer. “My interest in music started when I was 15-16-years-old goofing through music programs using my laptop,” he commented, which lead him to the chance to be part of such musical events. “I believed I would be big someday,” he added.
Big Hass introducing himself to the audience wondering aloud, “Why do people go outside to steal music when we have great local talents hidden here?” The audience agreed with encouraging applause.
Afterwards, headed to the stage were singers Ayzee, Speech, Jeddah FAM, Timba & Zion, Abz, Westside Us, Run Conjunction and finally ending with Edan followed by Paten Locke. They covered most areas of Hip Hop genres varying from pop-rap, rap core, freestyle rap, and reggae to dance hall, bringing the audience joy by hearing music that made them want to dance.
ArabNews asked the audience for their opinion regarding the event, and a reply came from Nadia, who happens to be a musician (pianist) herself. “It was fantastic, I greatly enjoyed the night. I was also impressed with all the hidden local talents! I always love to encourage fellow musicians! I’m really proud.”
Another thought “It was definitely above average, especially since they are local artists. Great performance”
As for Zion, whose interest in music started at the age of eight, and began writing music at the age of 13 after the encouragement he got from his younger brother, commented “Such an amazing opportunity to have the chance to sing to such a great, supportive audience.” Zion describes his music as a mixture of reggae and dancehall, inspired by musicians such as Sean Paul.
The Westside Us, a band of five, started the band in 2006. “Our band is more likely to be described as a family rather than just for fun. As for our main purpose, it is to spread positivity and life through rap music by reaching not for better, but the best,” They added “We had such a great time here, and with all the support from these people. It was a really great opportunity.”

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Made homeless by war, Syrians sell furniture to survive

A photo taken on June 13, 2019, shows a second-hand store where displaced Syrians (unseen) sell their belongings on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Abyan in the rebel-held western Aleppo province. (AFP)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Made homeless by war, Syrians sell furniture to survive

  • The Idlib region is supposed to be protected by a buffer zone deal signed by Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September

ATME, SYRIA: For years, Abu Ali sold used furniture and home appliances for a living. But he never thought Syria’s war would one day make him homeless and force him to sell his own.
His family is one of dozens stranded in olive groves along the Turkish border, who say they have had to sell their basic possessions to ensure survival.
“I sold them to provide food, drink and clothes for my children,” said the father of five, who now houses his family in a tent.
An opposition bastion in Syria’s northwest has come under heavy regime and Russian bombardment since late April, despite a truce deal intended to protect the jihadist-run enclave’s three million inhabitants.
The spike in violence in and around Idlib province has killed hundreds of civilians, displaced 330,000 more, and sparked fears of one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the eight-year civil war.
Abu Ali, his wife and their children fled their home in southern Idlib in early May, hitting the road north to seek shelter in the relative safety of the olive groves close to the border.
“I used to have a shop to buy and sell used items,” such as fridges and furniture in the village of Maaret Hurma, he told AFP, sitting in the shade of a tree near the border town of Atme.

A few days after fleeing his home village, he hired two trucks for 50,000 Syrian pounds (over $110) to bring “eight fridges, bedroom furnishings, seven washing machines, and several gas stoves” up to the olive grove.
But under the summer sun in the makeshift camp, the merchandise soon plummeted in value.
“I was forced to get rid of it or sell it — even at a very low price,” the 35-year-old said, his chin stubble already greying under a head of thick dark brown hair.
For example, the going price for a fridge originally bought for 25,000 Syrian pounds (more than $55) can be as low as a fifth of that price.
In Atme, some families have stored their fridges and other appliances in a single tent to protect them from the elements.
Outside, a top-loader washing machine sits in the shade of a tree.
Awad Abu Abdu, 35, said he too was forced to part with all his household items for a pittance.
“It was very dear to me. It was all I had accumulated over a lifetime of hard work,” said the former construction worker, who fled the village of Tramla with his wife and six children.
“I sold all our home’s furniture for just 50,000 Syrian pounds,” he said, dressed in a faded grey t-shirt fraying around the collar.
After transport costs, he was left with only half that amount to feed his family, he said.
Abu Abdu accused buyers of “cheating us, exploiting the displaced,” but said he had no other choice.
“Everything’s so expensive... and there are no organizations looking out for us,” he said.

The Idlib region is supposed to be protected by a buffer zone deal signed by Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September.
But the accord was never properly implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw from the planned cordon.
Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, took over administrative control of the region in January.
In the town of Atareb — about 30 kilometers from Atme, in Aleppo province — Abu Hussein received a new delivery at his shop of second-hand household appliances and furniture.
“Every day, more than ten cars arrive loaded up with items the displaced try to sell us,” said the 35-year-old.
“This means we have to pay relatively low prices, because the supply is so high” and it’s hard to then sell them all, he said.
Back in Atme, 50-year-old Waleeda Derwish said she hoped she would find someone to buy her fridge, washing machine and television, to help her provide for her eight children.
The widow transported the electrical items to “save them from bombing or looting” in Maaret Hurma, she said, a bright blue scarf wrapped around her wrinkled face.
Now the appliances represent the family’s only lifeline, she said.
“I’m forced to sell them. How else are we supposed to live?“