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re-volt magazine is a new platform under the same roof as re-volt blog, which initially started as a space where views on mainstream music can be openly discussed, where the music industry is put on the stand and criticized, and lastly, where underground, talented unrepresented artists are given a chance to stand out. Our main focus is to expose hip hop as a positive genre and detach it from the corrupted mainstream hip hop. Starting up an online magazine will benefit this message, as re-volt magazine will reach more readers worldwide and will enlighten people on the power of the word and the role of hip hop in the Arab region. Aside from the well-known elements of hip hop - which are MC, BBoy, Beatbox, Graffiti, DJ and Knowledge re-volt magazine also focuses a great deal on any other forms of expression/art that concretize the richness of our Arab culture. The list includes films, documentaries, initiatives, events, companies, charity organization, etc... A mic, a choreography, a vocal percussion, spraypaint, a vinyl record, a book or a film... We choose all the above. The power of the word to inform, to represent and to stay real! EDITOR HASSANE DENNAOUI ASSOCIATE EDITOR | GRAPHIC DESIGNER Hanane FATHALLAH CONTRIBUTORS If you’re interested to write for re-volt magazine, email us

CONTENTS REVOLT/REPORT Liberty and Justice for whom? by Jessica Noyes FEATURE Malikah | The Lyrically Fierce Eve Deep Cipher | Hip Hop Artist Ahmad aba Zaid | Beatboxer Sundus Abdulhadi | Iraqi Multimedia Artist Hip-Hop Artist Ahmad Yaseen a.k.a SATTI Bu Kolthoum | Hip-Hop Artist Brother Ali | The Undisputed truth Teller Jon Hope | Blood streaming Hip Hop SPOT.F.Y.I Mona Kurdi | Saudi Multimedia Artist Laila Shawa | Palestinian Artist Corinne Martin | Contemporary Middle Eastern Art & Culture ESKA ONE | Graffiti Artist Tamadher Ak Fahim LOCAL FLAVA’ RAPPER ABZ Abdulhakeem Jomah CARTOONS KHARTOON! JABERTOON ON THE GO Q&A | Filmmaker Solafa Yahya Q&A | Ahmed Soultan: Afrobian Vibes Q&A | Vinnie Paz Q&A | Beatboxer FZ Q&A | Susan Campion (Giant Steps)

Cover Artwork Saudi Multimedia Artist Mona KURDI ‫منى كردي‬ [FOLLOW MONA KURDI] Twitter @monakurdi

SEEN DESIGN Handpainted wooden earrings and bracelets with Arabic Kufi Calligraphy by artist Sundus Abdul Hadi.

mini Q&A Hadi Alaeddin (Creative Director Of Jobedu)

1. Living in a fast past time, people need info quick. In your opinion , how efficient are visuals in our era to convey reality whether its humor, social or political? Very. Now more than ever.

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2. When you first started up, how many designers did the site include? & how many are you now? Jobedu started with a five designs in 2007 and now has over 130 and sells products featuring work by more than 30 Arab designers from all over the region.


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Malikah ‫ملكة‬

The Lyrically Fierce Eve


1.You are fierce on the microphone. What inspires you to be so dedicated to what you do? My foremost inspiration would be my love for music as it helps me disconnect from everyday life and routine. It is my gateway for me to express my opinions in regards to any dramatic event being in my personal life or in the world around me. It constitutes a safe place for me where I can escape to and truly be myself despite any stereotypes or social norms, which I might not necessarily agree with or fit into. We all share an urge to express our inner beings and the only way for me to do so would be through music as my alter ego which is Malikah steps in and allows me

3. Do you remember the first time you got on stage & performed live? How was that feeling for you? Of course, it was back in 2001 in a small venue in Hamra, Beirut; back then called “roots”. I recall how stage fright was overwhelming, I almost bailed out but luckily I was able to control myself and convert this fear into power. It is at that moment that I realized that on stage, you only have the first couple of seconds to win the crowd over; and once I started performing the crowd responded positively and this was simply the most amazing feeling ever. The strong connection with the people empowered me.

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to expand on my thoughts and opinions on any matter without the need to worry about any external prejudice. Therefore, the need for expression would be my second driving force. Everyday events whether directly or indirectly related to me build content that I have the urge to express my opinion about. The current political and social situation is a key element of inspiration. 2.You had to do double work being a female Hip-Hop Artist in the Arab World. What would you say are the sacrifices you gave to achieve the status you are in now? Hip hop has always been a scene dominated by males despite the fact that there are many successful female hip hop artists out there. However, being a woman in a man’s world I found myself facing two options, I will either succumb to intimidation or rise to the challenge. As hip hop is a passion for me, the first option was never an option and so I had to compromise some of my womanhood as to phrase it and toughen up as to be able not only to compete with the men but to make sure I’d stand out as well. In a nutshell, and in order to earn the respect that I deserved whether from the crowd or the scene, I had to be “one of the boys”.

4. I personally have watched you perform live & its amazing that you are always passionate & authentic about what you do. Other than the love of the people, what keeps you motivated? As mentioned in my answer to your first question, amongst what keeps me motivated would be the connection with the crowd and the exchange of energy as well as the power of words and music in inspiring and bringing people together. Another factor behind my motivation would be my need to challenge the norm, and express myself through my music. 5. Being in the scene for 10 years now, you’ve lived through the guidelines, ups and downs of hip hop in the region. Carrying that much experience, how do you think the hiphop scene has evolved? Also, as the scene is thirsty for female MCs, do you ever scout for potential female prodigies? I have been in the scene since 2001 actually so for almost 14 years now and I have watched it grow from almost nothing into a well-recognized and powerful movement. Back in 2001 we had no studios, no producers and no venues available for us to perform. Paving the way for the new generation is our biggest accomplishment and


reward as we made it possible for the new comers to be heard and develop their talents much easier than it was for us. We believed in this scene and worked hard to get to where we are now. Hip hop now is spread all over the Arab world and the whole world knows about our movement as we had the opportunity to travel everywhere and spread our message. We are now a solid family and we always support one another and encourage new comers. There are dozens of new rappers rising every month. As far as techniques and lyrical content we have developed a lot as well and today we can say that we finally have a unique identity for Arabic hip hop. As for female emcees, I always scout for potential new talent and I am always open to help them and share the knowledge and experience, which I’ve accumulated throughout the years. I have already worked with a few of them from Lebanon and Egypt. Nevertheless, we still need more female emcees in the scene. 6. Is Radio play as important as before? The most important tool for us as Arab rappers nowadays would be the Internet as it provides several types of platforms for us to share our music and is not limited to just one such as radio is. Social media websites made it possible to spread our message much further than radio could have as it brought the whole world much closer.

Photography by Fares Sokhon

Photography by Fares Sokhon

Unfortunately, we still do not get radio play on commercial stations whether it is because of the lyrical content or the fact the audience is not familiar with our genre of music. Luckily we don’t need it thanks to the internet that has played a key role in the growth of our scene and the establishment of Arabic hip hop on the map. 7. Any exclusive word to re-volt magazine about the release dare of your highly anticipated album? I honestly never felt the need to release an album. I always did music for the love it and wanted to just keep releasing tracks. However, I was advised by everybody to work on an album, which is now in the final stages of mixing and mastering. There is a slight delay for its release due to some artistic differences. And since I am also very busy with my day job, I unfortunately cannot focus all of my energy on the album. I still cannot say when it will be released but hopefully it will be very soon.


8.You give a lot of speeches especially in front of young women; how important are these speeches to you? I try very hard to give a good image of what a strong and independent Arab woman should be like. I make sure to change the perception that the West has formulate and even other Arab nations might have in regards to the “traditional” Arab woman as to me it only inhibits women to truly grow and be their own entities in society. Therefore, talks that I do are a big responsibility for me. I need to ensure that what I communicate is right and that I have the right knowledge about the respective matter as some women out there are influenced by me and it is my responsibility to convey what is right to all women out there. 9. Our youth are exposed to whatever is being pushed on Main-Stream media (TV,Radio). When it comes to Hip-Hop; it seems that female artists are addressing only the “Fun” things, the sexual content & I have no problem with that; but it seems that there is no balance. My question is: what is your advice for our young sisters that are exposed to this on a daily basis? Main stream hip hop has hit an all time low in my opinion as the music, lyrics,and the female artists themselves have lost the true calling of hip hop when it first rose, and which was to express oppression, charge against it and share knowledge. However, this does not really sell anymore and hence hip hop nowadays contains as you said a large chunk of sexual content, meaningless lyrics and very little creative music. My advice to our young sisters will be to never forget where they come from. We are Arab and an Arab woman knows how to commend respect. This main stream American hip hop does not represent

us and does not fall within our culture and principles. Always stay true to yourself and respect yourself so people respect your back. Be proud of your heritage and your culture because this is what defines you. You should be firm in your beliefs and thoughts and not let media affect you, you’re smarter and much better than that. 10. Tell Re-Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about you. Actually, and this might come at a bit of a shock to everyone, but I’m usually a very shy person. Not that I am scared nor not confident enough, but in certain situations that is, I do get shy and kind of baffled with what to do or say... There is a big difference between Malikah and Lynn J Interview by Hassane DENNAOUI a.k.a. BIG HASS Twitter @BIG_HASS

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Hip Hop Artist Deep Cipher 1. What inspired to become a rapper? The Hip Hop way of life, the passionate bond to the art of designing rhymes, and confidence. 2. In your opinion, how do you see the Arab Hip-Hop scene & in particularly the Lebanese Hip-Hop scene? First of all, Arabic literature is so classy. The language is so deep, the calligraphy is out of this world, the poetry is so good, and the pronounciation of the words are manifested as powerful linguistics. There are many talented artists who are taking advantage of this to deliver pieces of art. The Arab Hip Hop scene is on a level to be proud of, the Lebanese Hip Hop scene should witness a renaissance, because we deserve it. 3. I personally have seen you perform LIVE and you got that energy on stage that just fires up the room. What motivates you to keep going? My unconditional love to the flow. 4. I know there couple of great highlights in your journey. Can you tell re-volt magazine readers about them? Winning the BeatStars and HipHopDX contest judged by Jay-Z’s Roc-Nation multi-platinum producer, Jahlil Beats. 5. In your opinion, is being played on the radio still as important as before? Ofcourse, if the opposite was true then J. Cole wouldn’t have recorded “Work Out” and let Nas down. However, if you’re creating a good buzz in the internet world and getting a lot of shows, then you’re good.

6. Name your top 3 MC’s of all time? Honestly, i can’t narrow down the widespread number of great Mc’s into a top 3, but i believe Pac is the most influential rapper of all time. 7. How many Albums have you received? Three projects and an EP, all recorded in a rush. 8. What is your dream? Musically, to record a track with Dj Premier in his HeadQCourterz studio in New York. Spiritually, embrace at least one secret of the universe and raise my own daughter. Sentimentally, make my Mom smile forever. Politically, witness a world peace. Financially, make enough money from sales and shows not to ever need a 9 to 5, have my own studio and focus full time on music. 9. Tell Re-Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about you. I have a certificate in radiologic technology from the American University of Beirut, Medical Center. 10.You’re always very vocal when it comes to the true essence of Hip-Hop culture. Do you think some artists in the Arab World have that understanding about Hip-Hop Culture? Most definitely, plus i don’t think i’m on the level of judging them if they understand the true essence of Hip Hop or not, some of these rappers been doing this for decades now, and it all manifests in the quality of their work. Interview by Hassane DENNAOUI a.k.a. BIG HASS


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DJ Lethal Skillz is the oldest and most established turntablist in the Arab Hip Hop movement. Besides being a world-class DJ, he has also distinguished himself as a prolific producer and long-running ambassador for the Arab hip-hop massive. He has two seminal Arab Hip Hop albums to his credit: _ New World Disorder (2008) _ Karmageddon (2012) Karmageddon (2012) features nearly everyone in the Lebanese hip-hop scene past and present and many of Arab hip-hop stalwarts from the region and Diaspora! Throughout his journey he has collaborated and performed with major historical figures in hip-hop lore - including opening up for the likes of: Pharoahe Monch and M-1 of Dead Prez at The Forum Kentish Town, in London, England playing with the likes of De La Soul, Dj Q-bert, Rob Swift, Dj Akakabe and Co-ma World DMC Champions mainstream acts like Timbaland, 50 cents, Whokid, Big Ali, Missy Eliot, Sean Paul, MIMS, Coolio...

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1. What got you into filmmaking? My passion in the fields of creative writing photography led me to filmmaking. After my university studies of graphic design and photography, I progressively became indulged with the notion of transforming ideas and themes into reality. Through this powerful vehicle, I started to sense the beauty and undoubtedly the struggles associated with the translation of personal visions into a production for the viewer to enjoy and hopefully benefit from. This constant challenge is surely what keeps work exciting and ultimately gratifying.

[FOLLOW SOLAFA YAHYA} Email Facebook Punk Pictures Instagram @punkpictures @soyahya 3. What are your dreams? My response would be as vague as the question. Success as a person, a mother, a family member, a professional, and a servant of God. All that at once. 4. Since we’re Hip-Hop, who are some of your favorite artists coming out of Saudi? Qusai, Run Junxion, Moh Flow, Qawa3id Ishtibak, Ommat Al Dhad, Erikkk, J-Fam, Ayzee, Majeed Suave, Bugsy, Black Bannerz, Edd Abbas, Sleuther, Slow Moe and Moghazi. 5. Tell us about your experience in directing “Dream” preformed by Anas Arabi featuring Qusai? Anas Arabi and Qusai gave me the concept of the song ‘Dream - ‫ ’حلم‬and I thought it would be interesting to creative direct the video since I had the freedom to develop the idea, build it, and shoot it. Overall, it was a great shoot with plenty of coffee in the system that helped with the all-nighters. I feel most proud when I think about all the people I have worked and collaborated with on this project.

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2.You are based in Saudi Arabia, a male-dominated environment. Is that an advantage for what you do? Despite the differences between the markets here at home and elsewhere, each pose certain advantages and disadvantages. While a female in the field comes with a price tag, it concurrently poses a tasteful uniqueness when success is achieved. The space for women in the business has rapidly expanded throughout the years and certainly, no one is at a noticeable disadvantage. You work; you achieve; you are a brand. Excuses are not for anyone today.


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BEATBOXER Ahmad Aba Zeid


1. How did you get into Beat-Boxing? Well since I was a little child, I used to do weird sounds like water drops, cars sounds, helicopters and so many sounds; my parents told me so many stories about my weird sounds that I used to make long time ago and with time and practice, everyday more than 5 hours, I became Ahmad Aba-zaid as Boikutt-‫ مقاطعة‬said it on the stage in Amman, Jordan at “The spirit of Amman’s hiphop” he called me Ahmad aba-zaid (bass) ‫قاتل البيتس و قاهر الباس‬ And life goes on and my dreams are getting bigger every single day...

3. Who are your inspirations when it comes to Beatboxing? Ah man! Back in 2006, there was no Youtube and more than 90% of the new school beatboxers in the world learnt how to beatbox from Youtube. When I started beatboxing, it was something new to the people. There was still no Youtbe yet. So I learnt by myself; no one really taught me anything. Those who inspired me are UK Beatboxer Faith SFX. and UK Champion Beatboxer Reeps One.

2.You were one of the organizers of the first Arab Hip-Hop Festival that took place in Doha, Qatar last year. What were the positive and negative things you learnt from this festival? I was actually behind the whole idea and the project manager of it.The positive thing was to connect all the middleastern and Arab hiphop artists together and to plan near future projects together. And I said it before: the meeting between us artists during the festival was more important than the shows itself. About the negative things, well I can’t say that I had any negative things because it was my first time planning an event and the very first Arab hiphop festival ever! It was good as far as I know. But if I want to take serious notes for the next one, I’d say I have to work more on marketing and to work with a professional company to do the event and with professional people to deal with the artists.

4. Have you or will you be participating in a world championship? Yes I will participate in the World Champs in Berlin on May 2015. I’ll represent my beloved Syria and if any Arab beatboxers are wondering how they could get there I would say ‘just be original, don’t copy any beatboxer, just be yourself, trust yourself, believe in yourself and make your own music.’ You might just get there soon... 5. Tell re-volt magazine something not a lot of people know about you Well I don’t have a lot of things to hide from people, but I can say that a huge Arab program on a big TV channel contacted me this year and they asked me to take part of their talent show this year. I told them thank you for the opportunity but NO. Not alot of people know about this. I like to reach my goals step by step...

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Palestinian Artist Laila Shawa Shawa takes up humanitarian and political issues concerning the Palestinian Problem and social issues concerning Arab women. Her paintings, at first glance, can be most misleading by giving an impression of passive submissiveness and pleasant colourful compositions; however, the artist’s quiet rebellion and cold anger starts to show through blind, kohl-laden eyes, the folds of beautifully embroidered restraining veils and manicured hands, tied up by inherited as well as newly acquired social inhibitions and invented religious taboos.

Hands of Fatima, Acrylic on Canvas 1989, 76x102cm, Collection of the British Museum

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The Impossible Dream, Acrylic on Canvas 1988, 76 x 102 cm, Collection of the Jordan National Gallery


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1. What inspired to become a Hip-Hop Artist? Well, to be honest it was never an intention, nor is it now neither, I just call myself a artist not a Hip Hop artist. But, other than cribs on MTV, what made me start making music at first was really just making relevant relatable music. Now I take it as serious as breathing. I plan to expand as an artist with my sound, my impact and my brand. That of course involves being on the business side as well.

5. Would you ever try rapping in Arabic? & who are some of your fav Arab Rappers? No I would not. I am trying to make music for the whole world, I don’t want to narrow down the demographic of which I appeal to, besides I could never really express myself in arabic the way I do in english. Favorite Arabic rappers are Black Drama (Hani from jeddah fam) and Anas Arabi from run junction. That’s it. 2.You recently moved to Dubai,UAE; but before that you were based in Saudi. Do you think that move will be better for your Hip-Hop career? concerning the performing aspect for sure and scooping a deal yes it is better for me. Also taking everything I have learned in saudi from people like Maff the concept and Tim Granite then taking it to a whole other country to learn from other people and just find myself more as an artist. It’s always good to move I think, sometimes, for the most part. 3. Who would you like to work with in the future? I would like to work with Mind circus, well something is in the works actually, also AY. Artists wise, I am really working with alot of artists actually at the moment, but internationally I would have to say Kanye West for sure. 4. Do you think that Radio Play is as imporatnt as before? I mean, it’s always good to have your music be spread through different outlets, but regarding its importance I would say of course it is. Like why would it not be important? If I can gain ONE new listener off my radio play then it is important.

6. In your tracks. What are the messages you are discussing? I am more of a experimental artist, I like to experiment alot. but nevertheless, it’s always excretion of self. There isn’t always a specific message to everything, every song kind of has It’s own world you can live in and take what you can process out of it. 7.What are you currently working on? I am currently working on my Poverty Tunes collective project. Poverty Tunes consists of 3 rappers and 1 singer and 1 producer. Abz, Sleuther, Jean and Maff the concept who produces and raps. Our first project will be called Mid Thought. I am also working on my solo project under Poverty Tunes as well and that project is called Born Dead. I am also working on a couple of single tracks with various artists, all will be revealed soon.

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Afrobian Vibes Ahmed SOULTAN 1. What inspired you to become an Artist? To be honest I never wanted to be an artist. I am not going lie to you and say “yeah i was singing since day one when I was Young blabla...” :) It was a pure accident. 2.Your style is unique and we love it. What are your thoughts on the Music Industry at the moment? Hey thanks a lot for supporting Afrobian Music! I’m confident that a lot of people are supporting real music, the industry will follow, it’s just a matter of time. We need to stick to the plan, hard work and patience :) 3. Where is your dream performing stage? Man All the Capitals of Africa & Middle East! That’s my dream, because we are the future. 4. What are you currently working on? Working on MHNB (Music HAs No Boundaries) It’s my 3rd album, which I started 3 years ago. I still got a lot to do. Artists such as Femi Kuti, George Clinton, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Macy Gray, Akala, Tekitha & RZA are on the project. I hope to release it before Feb 2015 inshallah.

5. Would you collaborate with an Arab Hip-Hop Artist? Yeah Sure! I got a lot of friends like Arabian Knightz, Daffy, and all the Moroccan/Algérians hip hop acts. It’s just a matter of time, but will do it inshallah. 6. In your opinion. Is Radio Play as important as before? It’s good to have it, but you can start without it. 7. Tell Re-Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about you I don’t remember my lyrics on stage lol Interview by Hassane DENNAOUI a.k.a. Big Hass Twitter @BIG_HASS


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Q&A Iraqi Multimedia Artist Sundus Abdulhadi ‫ُسندس عبد الهادي‬ 1.You’ve spent some time in the Arab Region (UAE) & now you are based in Montreal. How does that translate in your artwork? I was born in the UAE to Iraqi parents, and immigrated to Montreal as a child in the mid­nineties. For so long, I lived in Montreal physically but mentally and spiritually was in the East. I feel so connected to my roots as an Iraqi, and have spent time in many major Arab cities, mostly Beirut, Amman, Baghdad and Dubai, and travelled many others. Each place has its own stories, and its own significance to my life. My artwork is mostly “Iraq­centric” because its a fact of my identity, and because of what Iraq has gone through in the past decade. I was trying to fill that void for a long time, as I felt that no one was really “speaking” about Iraq and the injustices there. However, today, I’m more at peace with who I am, and where I am. I see that coming out in my more recent work, where I’m not so much focused on one particular place, but more on the universality of being human. Despite that, I’m constantly inspired by the ancient civilizations of Sumeria and Mesopotamia and the rich, vibrant visual history of the Arab world, which you’ll find as references in much of my work.

2. How would you define your style & techniques? I am a multi­media artist, so I like to experiment with all kinds of different media. I’ve worked with everything from painting, collage, sound, video, digital. This is the reality of the world we live in today, where one piece of artwork gets transformed dozens of times through different mediums. An artwork can start off as a moment in time captured through a photograph, then printed, collaged on to canvas, painted, scanned, digitized again, edited into video and ends up uploaded onto YouTube to be shared on social networks. Its crazy. But I’d say technique aside, concept and research has always been my favorite part of making artwork. Creating a narrative, telling a story, and sending a message, while considering the social, political and historical context of the work. 3. How did the Warchestra project come to life? Warchestra was born out of my frustration of how Iraq, and the Arab world in general, was portrayed in the media in the West. As an Arab growing up in North America, I knew that I came from such a rich culture and heritage, but no one else did. I also saw through all the lies and propaganda that were being fed to us in


Monumental Freedom (2009) Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 24” by 36”

the media after 9/11. I wanted to do something to make that voice heard, to change the way people saw, heard and experienced the war in Iraq. So Warchestra evolved into being a project that reimagined weapons as musical instruments, and highlighted culture in the backdrop of war, all the while telling the horrific stories of trauma that Iraqis, and other Arabs/Muslims, live every day. I collaborated with many talented musicians and poets to create the soundscape for each painting, and together with the Narcicyst, cut it as a full­length experimental album.

4. What are you currently listening to? I’m really lucky to have a pre­released copy of Sandhill’s latest album due out next month. Its great to have talented family­he’s my cousin. I also get sneak peaks at The Narcicyst’s new music while he is mixing at home­he’s my husband. I’m also really enjoying the Stromae album, and the latest Daft Punk record. We’re not related. 5.Which Arab Woman artist inspires you? My mother, the artist Sawsan Alsaraf, who inspires me daily, and surrounded me with creativity and art since the day I was born.


The Forgotten (2008) Acrylic on canvas 30” by 48” “Those who have forgotten us, when will you remember us? When will we cross your mind? When will you help our situation? Love, you have left us with no explanation; You shut the doors in our face and abandoned us. Where did you come from on the day you set your eyes on us? Where did you find us? Your eyes have scarred us. You who have forgotten us, when will you remember us?”

6.What can Sundus promise us in 2014? I’m currently working on a “multimedia graphic novel” about a young girl’s story of survival. Its in quotations because I have no idea how its going to turn out, but its based on a short story I wrote a few years ago. I’m happy to be back in the studio working on my artwork after a short hiatus since having my first child last year. For now, I’m not putting myself under any pressure to finish anything before the years end, so no promises yet! However, I’m excited to say that I’m collaborating with Sandhill for his album release so look out for that! And I’ve also done the artwork for The Narcicyst’s Arabic record “El Nargisee” also due out this year.

7.Was there any project done in the Arab World that made you proud. If so, please tell us about it.? The first art biennale in the Arab world happened in Baghdad in 1974. 8. Tell Re­Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about. I love to sing! I’ve sang backups on a couple of tracks for the Narcicyst... and performed them during the Montreal Jazz Festival in his 2012 performance. Music is my second passion. I played piano since age 4, and had my own radio show on CKUT FM in Montreal playing music by groundbreaking Arabs, from Warda to Alaa Wardi. Peace!



Q&A Vinnie PAZ 1.Your thoughts on Hip-Hop now-a-days? Well, to be honest, I don’t think much has changed. There’s GOOD shit, and there’s BAD shit. There was Vanilla Ice, and there was Public Enemy. It’s still the same. 2. Is Radio play as important as before? Hmm...I never got radio play, outside of college radio... so, FUCK the radio.

3. What’s the importance your faith plays in your career? Faith? Faith is a belief. What do I believe in? I believe in brothers like YOU. And when I meet brothers like YOU, that solidifies my faith in Allah (swt). 4. What is considered real hip hop to you? Look, I’m from Philly. I grew up on Cool C. Steady B. Schooly D. that’s what I was raised on. but I wont pretend to be the guy who tells people what “hip-hop” is. Perception is reality, ya know? 5. What are you currently working on now? It’s a secret 6. Tell Re-Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about you I’ll tell Re-Volt a few things people don’t know: I’m a mama’s boy. I hang with my mama more than I hang with any of my friends. I listen to TERRIBLE rap music. Down south trap shit. Most of the time, I’m listening to Norwegian Black Metal.


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Q&A HipHop Artist Ahmad Yaseen a.k.a. Satti ‫ساطي‬

Photography by Laith Majali

1. What inspired you to choose hip-hop to express yourself? What is better than poetry to express your self words is the most powerful weapon of all time and hip-hop is the perfect tool to point that out. 1.1 What does your name SATTI mean? Satti comes from ‘robbery’ in Arabic. One who is willing to rob. It was actually given to me when I first started rapping, in reference to my father’s first name - also to stand out from the many ‘Ahmad’’s who were in my surrounding. 2. Explain your current phase to the readers. Well, I believe I am in a good stage but this culture keeps on going and improving so what ever my stage is I still need to work harder than ever, because it’s simple practice makes perfect if I keep writing my words at some point everything is going to be easier I’m not a musician or a producer I’m a poet I got my words and lines only.

3.You get a lot of respect from your fellow rappers, what inspires you to write? The rappers I get respect from are like family brothers and it was a matter of time for me to get that respect when I started my approach was with paying respect to the ones who deserve it and got mine by hard work and dedication to this culture. 4. What are your thoughts on the Arabic Hip-Hop movement? Every year its growing more and more and now days we got a big archive of Arabic hip-hop and I don’t think this is gonna go without a mark in this world I knew we’re doing this and i have no doubt its just the beginning there’s more to come and we got nothing but time and bars . 5. In your opinion, how can music - and especially Hip-Hop - bridge cultures and change perceptions? Everybody knows music got no language and hip-hop is something that connects people more than any type of


music its a culture that grow in your head you can’t be hip-hop if you got no knowledge as simple as that I never heard about a rap head they always say a hip-hop head which means he got it all he understands the movement. To me it changes perceptions; I’m learning something new everyday she shows you nothing but respect plus you gain knowledge that’s not easy to get knowledge is something you need to be prepared for to use it to pass it to the next generation. 5.1 Is Radio play as important as before? Unfortunately most of the radios don’t play good hiphop music and if they do they go mainstream which means ignorance is bliss to those people seriously ,on the other hand i wish there’s a lot of brothers like you spreading the word about what we do and about this beautiful culture big ups to you FAM. 6. What do you hope you achieve through your music? Nothing but to be heard and to be out there as a brother who is trying to speak up and to put the right words through this music it have nothing to do with fame its all about spreading this culture. 7. What are you currently working on? I’m working on my first debut album, I like to believe I’m blessed because im working with the best

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producers in this region i got beats from DAMAR, BOIKUTT, OSLOOP, EDD ABBAS and the surprise is this dude from my city Irbid he goes by the name NASH already released a single from the album “marrar tareeq” it was produced by him and still have a banger from him in the album which is going to be produced by Immortal entertainment. I keep on working. I just finished an EP “bars with benefits” and there’s another one dropping soon before the album . 7.1 Whose your favorite Arabic MC? Favorite Arabic Producer? I can’t say one name there’s a lot out of love and respect ill pass this one by saying this the ones i’m working with are my favorite and they like family . 8. Tell re-volt magazine something not a lot of people know about you? Man that’s a tough one I don’t know I’m like an open book and my words are the easiest way to understand who I am and what i stand for . Thank you BIG HASS its an honor brother at the end im gonna put it out like this BRRRAAAP much love and respect!

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Q&A HipHop Artist Bu Kolthoum ‫بو كلثوم‬


1. Did you choose Hip-Hop or did it choose you ? I believe that, generally, in life everything happens for a reason, everything is meant to be, and from the way I see it logically it goes both ways. It’s a real relationship between me and Hip Hop, and music in general since I was 11 years old and it kept going to the point where it became subconsciously a part of me. 2. Tell us about your stage name “Bu Kolthoum” ? As it seems it came from Um Kolthoum the legend! But it’s a combination between her and Amr Bin Kolthoum, the Arab legendary fighter poet we used to learn about since we where kids in school back in Syria. 3.You’re a lyrical beast. What inspires you to write at such level? Well thank you for the compliment! And I guess it’s a full package of things: what comes first in the list is anger. I spent the last phase of my life on anger management pills but nothing worked with me as Hip Hop, and if I tell you the “It’s a way to express myself” cliché expression I might not be giving Hip Hop much credit because it’s true that it is a way to express but on another level; on a personal level that, when I write a verse I really mean what I wrote from the bottom of my heart, mind and soul. That’s why it actually takes a lot of energy and time to process a right mental state to write and open my mind’s door for listeners and invite them to a couple of minutes journey, and that’s why I sometimes make 2nd and 3rd versions of some tracks I make to update the listeners who know exactly where I am in my journey right now. 4.You are currently based in Lebanon, releasing, recording tracks from there and dedicating every verse to your home country #Syria. In your opinion, how do you think musicians/music can elevate and change perceptions? Well no I am not ! Lol I am based in Amman for almost two years now and I am now working with Immortal Entertainment on a couple of projects: one of them is my upcoming album and it’s been an honor to be a part of their family now. And to answer your question, well, musicians can’t elevate and make a change on there own

It’s a full package but we can be a part of the big change movement by being honest in expressing our opinion(s) and towards the listeners, about a certain issues not because that’s what’s cool these days to talk about and to overuse and that’s the main reason I wrote the 1st verse of Owm Wselna track 5. If you had a microphone and it broadcasted to all Syria, what would you say? “It’s a civil war, quit the fancy names!” 6.Your thoughts on the Arabic Hip-Hop now-a-days? It had some ups and downs and over using and what I like to call concept spamming but I can tell you now that it is heading up for it’s biggest highlight since it started as you can see in the region, the evolution and the new level of lyrics and production and albums coming out all over the place! Yes it’s heading up sir! 7. Do you think that Radio Play is as important as before? To us? Nope! I think it can’t be anymore because of the gap between how it was and how it is right now and the contrast between what we produce and what they put on air now-a-days; plus we should put technology and social media in consideration and the ability to choose what you want to listen to and what to broadcast and how to do so as a musician.

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BEATBOXER FZ | ONE-MAN RADIO STATION 1. When did you find out that you can beatbox? It was around the age of 13 that I started imitating beats and scratches but I only found out about beatboxing as an art form around the age of 14-15 and that’s when I started to seriously engage in different styles and techniques.

4. What would be the highlight of your career so far? Releasing 2 albums with Fareeq el Atrash and performing all over Lebanon, the MENA and Europe. As well as performing at TEDxBeirut 2014 which was a great experience!

2. What inspired you to continue this path? Given my general interest in imitating musical sounds, after accidentally downloading a track which turned out to be beatboxing by the Fat Boys, I immediately got hooked to the sounds and started practising that same beat. Afterwards it just took off, discovered Rahzel, Kenny Mohammed, Biz Markie and a lot of other beatboxers at the time (before Youtube) who were all real inspirations to me

5. Tell Re-Volt Magazine smthn not a lot of people know about you. I’m a software programmer and I take it very seriously major geek!

3. What are your thoughts on the Arabic Hip-Hop movement? The Arabic Hip Hop movement is only growing and getting better, we’re still behind on the beatboxing scene as it’s still not widely adopted as other Hip Hop elements but I’ve seen MAJOR improvements during the last couple of years so I think the future of Arabic Hip Hop is getting brighter.

6. Who does FZ listen to? To tell you the truth, I’m way behind on what’s new in the international Hip Hop scene. I mostly listen to Arabic Hip Hop releases and whatever is on the Radio while driving. Interview by Hassane DENNAOUI a.k.a. BIG HASS Twitter @BIG_HASS



Q&A Abdulhakeem Jomah ‫عبد الحكيم جمعة‬ An actor, a musician and a fitness junkie


1. Tell us about Jomah Fitness? When did you launch it? And how has the feedback been so far? Jomah Fitness is simply an extension of my love for health, fitness, and wellbeing. Be it to gain weight or lose it, build muscle or tone it, or simply to improve overall quality of life through cardiovascular and core exercises. All diet and exercise plans are completely tailored to what the client wants for themselves. Irrespective of age, gender, socioeconomic status, the service is FREE and accessible to everyone, health is a basic human right, not a service to be bought. As a practicing healthcare professional, that is my mantra. (Donations welcome, need to show parents I’m legit) 2.You have your own unique personality. You have a passion to performing LIVE. What inspires you? And who are your role models? Unique would be the politically correct way of putting it, certainly, my personality has been called worse! I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with you, so I’ll put it in a way you can relate to: It all comes down to that first reaction from the crowd, be it a gasp or a laugh. You just need that first reaction to lose yourself in the performance, there’s nothing like it, it can’t be emulated. Only the stage can give you that. The inspiration comes from a very deep, very true love for the craft. I’m not a professional performer, I gain no revenue from what I do when I do it. When the motivation is material, the art becomes null and void. And it becomes apparent in ANY craft. (Medicine especially, where patients are just treated like numbers to fill the status quo, the most unskilled doctor can receive the highest praise simply because he TALKS to the patient instead of lobbing investigations at him to make money) 3. What are your thoughts on the Music scene in Jeddah,Saudi? The music scene in Jeddah is an incredibly young one, ever growing. But like anything that grows rapidly, you’re bound to have the occasional weed. That’s where me and my band comes in, haha. The Gormless Tossers (Also known as Hakeem Jomah and the Tonight Show Band, and formed of myself, the ridiculously talented Maan Balila, and the ridiculously funny Mohammed Fakieh.) are like the antiheroes of the Jeddah music scene. We play for a good time, and it shows. We make mistakes, we capitalize, we banter, we give the crowd an all round show instead of a sole music one. In terms of music, there are people vastly more talented than myself,

I appreciate it where I see it. Jokes aside, however, there are individuals that really bastardize (for lack of a better word) what the art is about and deliver the wrong message.

4.You were the lead role in the “One flew over the cuckoos nest” play that took place in Jeddah, KSA. How did you prepare for such a role? and how was the feedback from the people who attened? Before I jumped into the shoes of Faris for Cuckoos (and the gargantuan inspiration for the role, Jack Nicholson), I had reached a gym peak in terms of muscle size (ladies). But it made no sense to me that a mischievous con artist would be that size. I decreased my gym time threefold, went full vegetarian to lose weight for the duration of the rehearsals, and obviously watched the movie and read the play several times to not necessarily MIMIC that character, but to pepper it with a couple of personal touches that would allow me to deliver the fullest extent I could. The reception was positive (for the most part), I got a lot of feedback concerning my characters ill driven motives and harmful influence. It was then I realized, that to a lot of people, Faris was the antagonist of the play, and a lot of people were on the doctors side. But that’s what’s great about the whole thing, it cuts the crowd right down the middle based on founding belief and overall ideals. I’m looking forward to taking the stage again (if it would have me), definitely.

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When was the first time you held a mic and performed? BA: My first show was in 1985, when I was 8 years old. I actually performed at my Grandmother’s funeral ; she was really supportive of when she passed away , it was the first time ever getting a mic & performing & i have done ever since then. It wasn’t until 2002 that i was able to really have a career & supporting myself with music. How do you think Islam is affecting your life? BA: It’s really been my way of understanding myself and the world. It’s everything for me. It has given me a perspective on life and wanting to give myself - my entire self to Allah. It’s a process; a life long process. I’m trying to give up a picture on whats going on inside me when I’m creating music. I don’t feel like music for me is to teach dawa or preach . I think my role and my responsibility is to make the most honest and real music I can.

In one of your interviews , you said, that the Middle East & Africa have so much potential in Hip Hop, Elaborate more on that? BA: The thing about Hip-Hop is that you don’t need anything at all to create Hip Hop, you don’t need instruments, you don’t need training

“No artists made their art powerful and made their art popular, the people do that for you.” Hip Hop comes from who you are, it comes from your expression. It’s the rawest form of human expression that we have. It’s a perfect voice for people who are voiceless, it’s a tool and medium for people whose stories aren’t heard, whose faces aren’t known, whose names aren’t spoken; those who are suffering.

And in the ME & Africa, a lot is going on there. Even musically, the culture and history have always been rich! All the elements of Hip Hop are there for people in ME & Africa to use Hip-Hop as a vehicle for letting the world hear what’s going on there. In Saudi Arabia, to be given a chance to perform live is very minimal. What advise would you give hip hop heads here? BA: The most important thing is to express yourself completely honestly, the thing that makes art powerful is the people. No artists made their art powerful and made their art popular, the people do that for you. If their truth in that artistic creativity is there, so people will hear, the people will seek you out. excerpt from radio interview with Hassane DENNAOUI

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Liberty and Justice for Whom? by Jessica Noyes M.Ed.,Urban Education Pittsburgh, Pa, USA

Our discussion in class touched on many subjects involving the absence of liberty and justice amongst black Americans. With recent cases like Jordan Miles, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and many more black unarmed males killed by police brutality; America is beginning to see what black Americans go through everyday whether it is not being able to walk down the street without being categorized as a thug, or stereotyped as being up to no good. My take on Liberty Needs Glasses expressed that liberty and justice are only given to specific groups of people and more often then not excluding black Americans because it was built into the foundation of American justice system stemming from the Declaration of Independence. (Tristan Smith age 18)

I vividly remember the day I walked into ninth grade Honors English and was handed a gold sheet of paper with the poem, Liberty Needs Glasses by Tupac printed on it. There were many questions that ran through my mind at this point, “who is Tupac?” and “how could liberty wear glasses?” I hated poetry! There were too many words trying to say one simple thing but meant another. Poetry made no sense to me at this point in ninth grade and I was still stuck on how liberty needed glasses. It wasn’t until years later after I prepared my own lesson plans and classroom discussions focusing on this poem that I start to get a deeper understanding of how unjust the American justice system is and the blindness of liberty in the country I live. Two of my students, both black males, relate their experiences of liberty and justice needing glasses because, “both the broads are blind as bats”.

For instance if the police see a young black American male driving a nice car more then likely would get pulled over because they would not expect an black American male to drive a nice car. On the other hand if the police saw a young white male driving an expensive car they would not be pulled over because the police would just assume that since he is not black that’s what he should be driving. Many people know that justice system for minorities is unfit and unfair but no one is doing enough to get something done about it (Brenden Pippens age 18). The questions I left my classes with were, “Where does the problem stem from? And how do we become the solution?” As I sent them on their way to study the American Declaration of Independence, where they learn all (White) men are created equal with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Sources:

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What inspired you to launch Muslim Power 30? Would this be the only publication? I created this list for the sake of Allah, to show the world that we are making superb moves for our Ummah. There is so much negativity in the world I wanted to be the one to shed some light on what we do to help individuals kill their “egos� and realize that we all are working towards the same goal this will be a yearly magazine, but i will be traveling and meeting gathering stories on individuals that are doing great work and throughout the year I will trying to meet others and help them share their stokes, so the magazine will be once a year but the work and the gathering of information will be year long Hajji Hassan


MUSLIMPOWER30 meet 30 muslims, from all walks of life, making moves to impact society and serve humanity

editor’s note

I have created this compilation of professional, creative, hardworking, and spiritual Muslims in an effort to spread love and positivity. I hope these features inspire everyone to be remarkable everyday. We should always reach for the impossible because the possiblities to help humanity are limitless. HASSAN “HAZALI” ABDUS-SALAAM

6 yasmine yasmine

is the CEO of her own company. She has styled some of today's hottest artists. She was recently featured on The Huffington Post. She has also been featured in various preferred magazines and news stations. She is inspiration for woman across the globe! Website:

5 amir sulaiman

one of the most talked about poets in the United States. He was featured on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, and has traveled the world delivering messages of social change. Website: v

4 ismail calligrafist sayeed

is Hafiz of The Holy Quran, as well as a calligraphist and photographer. He leads taraweeh prayers every Ramadan in NYC. Ismail is also very active in the Islamic community and the entertainment world in NYC. This brother comes out and supports everything that involves positivity.

3 salim weldon

is the CEO of the popular gourmet popsicle business, Whimsicle LLC. With over 11,000 followers on Instagram, Mr. Whimsicle delivers delicious and unique popsicles all over the United States. He has great ties to the Philadelphia community, and is an ideal role model for entrepreneurship. Website:

2 ajib abdus-salaam

is the president of Nasrul Ilm America, an organization that promotes education and help for humanity. He is also the founder of Fayda 4 Hajj and Umrah, a company that focuses on affording Muslims an opportunity to perform Hajj and Umrah. He is a father of two beautiful Muslimahs and the husband to Belkhisse Cisse, the daughter of Shaykh Hassan Cisse (RA)

1 kubra cisse

has been an inspiration for so many Muslim woman around the world. She is Hafizah of The Holy Quran, married to our beloved Shaykh Mahy Cisse, and is a remarkable teacher at the African American Islamic Institute Preschool. Her contribution to the world is tremendous.


JON HOPE Blood Streaming Hip-Hop 1. How did you get started in Hip Hop? I really can’t remember how I got started. It was just apart of my environment. Hip Hop pretty much was the soundtrack to my life. I always wrote rhymes and mimicked some of my favorite artists when I was a child. I was just in awe that there were people who lived the same life I was living at the time and it was cool to get a different perspective on the same shit. In a lot of ways Hip Hop developed me and the artists gave me a set of rules that I live by to this day. 2. Who were your musical inspirations and do you have a favorite album of ALL time? I’m all over the place so it’s not limited to just Hip Hop. Nas has had an impact on me. Drake is an incredible writer. I love Sara Bareilles and singer songwriters like James Fauntleroy so it definitely varies. As far as my favorite album of all time it’s a toss up between Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and Nas’ ‘Life is Good’.

3.You recently released “Blood Streams” I wish I had this elaborate and crazy answer for how I come up with the lyrics but honestly the majority of it is poetry in motion and just happens. I had a studio session on a Sunday morning and the night before I just wrote it right before I went to sleep. It’s really a stream of consciousness if you will. Once I got the first line down I couldn’t stop the pen. Now that doesn’t normally happen but that night it did and I knew I had something special with that verse because the flow was more conversational than trying to emphasize punchlines and metaphors. It was one of those things where I wanted the focus to be on what I was saying and that’s it which is why I decided to o with no beat. 4. What is real hip hop to you? I really cringe at that phrase because it’s all relative to whoever the person is and it usually leads into the whole this whole debate about whats real and what isn’t. I will say that I respect and gravitate to art that is rooted in truth. The successful ones that we all look up to are the ones who always remain truthful to who they are and their thoughts. That’s why I respect Kanye West, Drake, Jay-Z, Kendrick, Nipsey, and so many others. Even Chief Keef is telling his truth which is why he’s so polarizing. So for me its more about honest art than real hip hop.


5. Please provide 1 word next to the below names: Nas - Transparent Tupac - Misunderstood Biggie - Smooth J Dilla - Underrated DJ Premier - Blueprint Lil wayne - Rockstar Erykah Badu - Queen Jay-Z - Greatest 6. Where do you see the state of hip-hop now-a-days? It’s the biggest thing ever. There are no color lines or barriers. I love where Hip Hop is right now. It’s everywhere! 7. Is Radio Play as important as before? I think it plays a role but it’s more important to build your brand and fanbase. There are tons of artists who have spins but cant sell out a bathroom stall. 8. We got some great Hip-Hop artists from the Arab World. Have you heard about any? & would you collaborate with one of them? I’m not familiar with any in the Arab scene but I would love to collaborate and check some out. You have any suggestions? 9. Who are you currently listening to? I’m listening to Nipsey Hussle. Li’l Bibby, Schoolboy Q at the moment. I really like what they’re talking about and how they approach music. 10. What is the message through your music? I just people to know it’s ok to be themselves and never settle. 11. Tell Re-Volt Magazine something not a lot of people know about you. I watch Lifetime movies on the low (laughs). The acting is horrible but it’s a guilty pleasure. 12. How can people reach you & hear your music? The best way to stay connected to me is to visit Interview by Hassane DENNAOUI a.k.a. BIG HASS


MAFF DA CONCEPT | RESONATE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Intro - Vibration (00:58) ATOM Bomb (01:49) All With Potential (01:51) Based & Buzzed (00:30) Bits & Bobs (04:12) What You Feel,What Is Real (00:17)

7. Cosmic Groove (01:20) 8. Sun Dance (00:51) 9. Pyramids (01:04) 10. Space Doughnut (01:19) 11. Resonate (04:11) 12. Its all about the feelings (00:20) Listen to the album here

:: Members ::

Moiz Rehman | Conception / Founder / Head Composer • Yazan Haikal | Co-Founder / House Band (Bass Guitar) Mazen Rahhal | Co-Founder / Manager / House Band (Singer) • Ahmad Angawi | Co-Founder / House Band (Rythm Guitarist) Karim Hmede | House Band (Flute, Nai) • Abdullah Najjar | House Band (Oud) Muhannad Al-Sayyed (a.k.a. Rusty) | House Band (Guitarist) • Loulwa Al-Sharif | House Band (Singer) Ozzeir Manzar | Sound Engineer, House Band (Turntables), DJ

Pioneers. Path-Forgers. Brave Souls. Kindred Spirits.

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Q&A Susan Campion | GIANT STEPS 2. Talk to us about your partnership with M.anifest? I knew M.anifest first as an artist. He was living in Minneapolis at the time and he was one of the local musicians I admired. He was also rooted in the community-oriented part of the local hip hop scene, so we shared some similar values and contacts, too. In late 2009, I approached him after a show about speaking at the High School for Recording Arts (aka “Hip Hop High”) where I was mentoring students. In the process of lining up his talk at the school, we started having the conversations mentioned above. After several of those conversations, we decided we wanted to to create this event together and so, in 2010, we co-founded Giant Steps and held our first day-long event.

1. What was the inspiration behind Giant Steps as an idea? M.anifest and I started having conversations in late 2009 about the challenges he faced as an artist and I faced as an entrepreneur. Pretty quickly, we realized that there were a lot of similar challenges--from the practical questions like “how much should I pay for a website?” or “what kind of legal entity should I create?”, to the more existential questions…the ones that wake you up in the middle of the night, like “whoa, what was I thinking when I quit my day job?” and “Do I know how to do this?” and even the challenges of handling questions from well-meaning family members (e.g. “When are you going to get a real job?”). Seeing the similarities in the challenges, we also saw a benefit in learning from each other. Within a month or two, we figured if we were benefitting from this exchange, we should enlarge the conversation and find out if anyone else was interested in participating. We weren’t conference producers or event planners, we just wanted to create a space for the conversations we wanted to have. So we booked a venue and then we invited a lot of smart, innovative, path-forging artists and entrepreneurs to join us in those conversations.

In 2012, M.anifest returned to Ghana, but he is still actively involved in Giant Steps. We meet regularly via Skype or Google hangout and he facilitated our global panel from Accra last year. One of the early things M.anifest and I connected on was that we’ve both spent time living and working in different countries. That’s still very much a part of our mindset--it’s part of the reason we bring global voices into the room in Minneapolis and it’s part of our vision for other conversations in the future, too. Now, with Giant Steps having a foot on two continents and friends on all the rest, we’re positioned to invite even more people into these conversations.



3. What are some of the things you trying to achieve in Giant Steps 2014? We really want people to walk away from Giant Steps feeling inspired about the work they do; feeling equipped with good tools and information to handle the professional aspects of running a business and creative career; and feeling fortified to face the next round of challenges that will inevitably come. Some of that happens by listening to the insights and lessons learned from the speakers on stage. Some of that comes from being in a room full of like-minded individuals and building--and diversifying--your creative community and network. And some of that comes from specific projects or new collaborations that arise from conversations that take place in the hallways throughout the day. We say that Giant Steps is conversation-driven, not expert-driven. Our view is that creative industries--and many other industries--are changing rapidly and that’s exciting. We also believe there is no single blueprint for success (or definition of success) going forward--and there likely won’t be ever again. So we gather smart, creative people together--the ones who make things happen--with the aim to share ideas and insights and to push each other’s thinking. We try to accelerate thinking even more by cross-pollinating ideas and experiences-from artists to entrepreneurs and vice-versa, and from chefs to filmmakers to tech entrepreneurs to furniture designers to dancers to barber shop owners to photographers to hip hop artists and more. For 2014, we identified some areas people seem to struggle with as they build their creative businesses and careers and said: “let’s talk about that”. So this year, we’re talking about resilience, and how you define success, and how to grow or scale effectively. And we’ll also have conversations about how to find your audience and how to manage your work AND your personal life. And from an über-practical perspective, we have people talking about legal issues and taxes, too--because handling those elements in your business is also key to building a sustainable business and career. With the global panel, we’re also trying to connect with folks around the world who are doing this kind of work for more ideas, more insights, more perspectives, and more connections.

4. Who are some of your fav musicians? This is where I say M.anifest, right? :) Seriously, I said that I started as a fan of M.anifest and I am still a huge fan of the work M.anifest is doing and how he’s evolved as an artist. I’m also a big fan of Brother Ali as an artist and a person--and not just because he’s on the Giant Steps Advisory Board. There are so many Minnesota hip hop artists who have participated in Giant Steps that I am genuinely a fan of--Desdamona, I Self Devine (of Micranots), Mally, BK-One. After that, I’m a huge music fan in general and my faves span genres and decades and continents. That’s why I love your magazine!

Pioneers. Path-Forgers. Brave Souls. Kindred Spirits.


5. Any words to re-volt magazine readers First, thank you for your interest in Giant Steps and the conversations we’re creating. We hope you’ll join us in those conversations--online or in person!


I’ll also share two key tips we promote at Giant Steps for building a creative endeavour and a creative life: A) Cast a wider net. Expand your circles so that you’re learning from many different industries and genres and generations and disciplines--and from many different corners of your community, too. B) Seek out unlikely collaborations. That’s where new ideas spark and new ways of working develop. The fact that M.anifest and I are so different is a huge part of our success. And if a Ghanaian emcee and a Minnesota-born, international business woman can come up with Giant Steps….imagine what you might create!

ALBUM RELEASE | Devotion : The Prequel Vol. 1

HAZALI | DEVOTION Devotion : The Prequel Vol. 1 Released: 18 September 2014 All songs written and performed by HAZali Forthelovers Music Group 2014 BMI 2014 / All Rights Reserved / Listen to the album here

1. Intro ( Devotion ) 01:33 2. You 02:56 3. Here I Stand (Interlude) 02:39 4. I Pray feat. Elisha Ward 03:59 5. Break Down 02:54 6. I am Gonna Love Ya’ 04:04 7. Detroit 03:43 8. Time 03:32 9. Ya! (Interlude) 01:46 10. Prett Dazed 03:44 11. Over This 03:21 12. What They Say! 02:59


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