Omar Offendum is a Los Angeles-based Syrian-American hip-hop artist, activist and architect. His music and poetry, which he performs in both Arabic and English, are infused with historical, geographical and religious references and intermixed with personal accounts of faith, politics and growing up in Washington, D.C.
Offendum’s focus on Syria and uprisings in the Middle East expose American audiences to a little-understood region. His poetry and music build on American hip-hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues of identity, belonging and diaspora. Offendum will perform a concert at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History theater on Saturday, Feb. 24 with special guests Pierce Freelon, Naji Hilal (oud), Mahmoud Alqhumri (tabla) and UNC Cypher.
This concert is free but tickets are required. Visit the website to obtain your ticket. Please contact the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations with questions. This event is part of the broader 2018 Global Spotlight Week: Crises of Citizenship.