Steven A. Cook

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Weekend Listening: Mideastunes and Rapping in Turkey and Iran

by Steven A. Cook
January 24, 2014

A teacher plays the saz, a traditional musical instrument, during a music class at the Arbat refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniya (Yahya Ahmad/Courtesy Reuters). A teacher plays the saz, a traditional musical instrument, during a music class at the Arbat refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniya (Yahya Ahmad/Courtesy Reuters).

Mideastunes.com, a “search engine,” of sorts, for finding music from the Middle East.

Jenna Krajeski profiles Tahribad-i Isyan, a Turkish rap group from Sulukule, Istanbul and discusses the urban development and minority experience that inspire their songs.

Holly Dagres looks at Iranian hip-hop, and how artists there have adapted the genre to make it their own.

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