Amplify Peace: Activating Music for Syria at Tropicalia
Amplify Peace: Saving Syrian Lives is a multi-genre tour featuring Arab American artists Omar Offendum, Bassel & the Supernaturals, Kayem and Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble. The tour, sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), aims to increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and help gather support and resources to save the lives of Syrians affected by war.
Bassel & the Supernaturals
Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper / poet who was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and currently lives in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he has been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums & cultural organizations on several high-profile projects, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, he's been able to design a unique path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues & diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career.
Bassel and the Supernaturals
BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS
Syrian Heart. Chicago Soul.
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Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadanis family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. Their album was premiered by Noisey (Vice) and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.
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Noisey (VICE) | PRI | Paste | Reuters | Al Jazeera
NowThis | Huffington Post | CBS Austin | Full EPK
Son of a Libyan revolutionary, Kayem is a Chicago-based hip hop artist who was born into the struggle. His father was a political prisoner who helped form a pro-democracy movement after escaping prison. Kayems first trip to Libya, after spending a lifetime of advocacy in exile, was filmed in the docuseries Sing Freedom.
Yahoo! Music listed Kayems showcase at South by Southwest 2017 as The 6 Best Things We Saw at SXSW and he was listed as one of CNNs Most Interesting People. He has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex Mag, The New York Times, and more.
Kayem relaunched his career with a name-change in 2017 after having to step away due to government restrictions. He detailed his experience on Intercepted, where he was a guest along with Edward Snowden.
With a story fit for a Hollywood script and a loyal, hungry international fan base, theres no question Kayems time is now.
Social Media: @thisisKayem
Recent Kayem in the press:
Intercepted w/Edward Snowden l Yahoo! Music l Chicago Tribune l Daily Mail
Recap of SXSW "Contrabanned" Showcase by the Statesman
Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble
Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and
educator with a background in Global Music and Performance Studies. His credits
include: composer and sound designer for Great Expectations (Silk Road Rising),
musician on A Disappearing Number (Timeline Theatre), author and solo performer of
Ziryab, The Songbird Of Andalusia (Silk Road Rising), musician on The Secret Garden
(Court Theatre), musician and consultant on Disneys The Jungle Book (Goodman,
Huntington), co-composer and musician on The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Goodman, Guthrie, Wuzhen Theater festival China,
Old Globe), composer and co-sound designer for The Who And The What (Victory
Gardens), associate producer and actor for The Sultans Dilemma (International Voices
Project), and The Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage). Ronnie is
an artistic associate with International Voices Project, teaching artist with Chicago Arts
Partnership in Education (CAPE) and Global Voices Initiative (GVI), and a faculty
member at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He performs with the music groups
Allos Musica, Baeoa, EMME, Lamajamal, Surabhi, Turath Ensemble, and the University
of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
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