Live Concert: Ramseyer Hall 100, Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Facebook event page)
Workshop: MacQuigg Laboratory 159, Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm (Facebook event page)
Italian hip-hop artist Amir Issaa will visit The Ohio State University, where he will perform a live concert on Wednesday, February 28 (Ramseyer Hall, 6-8 PM). The concert will include an interview to the artist, and it will be followed by a chance to chat informally with our guest.
On the following day, Amir will lead a workshop that focuses on how to build a rap song. Amir will discuss his own experience as a hip-hop artist in Italy, and the audience will then take part in the creation of an original song. The event will be on Thursday, March 1, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, in MacQuigg Laboratory 159. Space for this workshop is limited, and it will be granted on a first come first served basis.
Amir Issaa (rapper, and record producer) was born in Rome in 1978 from an Italian mother and an Egyptian father. As an artist and an activist, Amir has been a spokesperson for sons of immigrants and second-generation Italians, collaborating with associations such as UNAR (National Anti-Racism Union), Il razzismo è una brutta storia (Racism is a bad story), and with the petition website Change.org. Through his artistic skills, Amir has helped the Italian youth turning anger into creativity, believing that music can be a powerful means of social change. During his career, Amir has recorded six albums, several EPs, and a new record that will be released later this year. In 2011, together with Italian band The Caesars, Amir worked on the soundtrack for Francesco Bruni’s movie Scialla!, being the first and only rapper to ever walk on the red carpet of the Venice International Film Festival—where the movie premiered—and being nominated for important awards such as the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’Argento.
Amir’s most recent production is an autobiographical book titled Vivo per questo (I live for this), which was published in 2017 by Italian editor Chiarelettere. In the book, Amir describes his life growing up in a working-class suburb of Rome, where he was often subject to racist attacks because of his origins.
All undergraduate students will receive extra credit for attending these events. Speak to your Professors for the details.
The event is sponsored by the French and Italian Graduate Student Association (FIGSA), the Department of French and Italian, the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of Comparative Studies, and the Global Mobility Project.