Creative Music and the Rejection of Cultural Boxes
What is Arab art, really? As with all KnoozRoom series, we are provoked to examine the seemingly unanswerable questions. We scavenge for fragments of knowledge that come up in stories and conversation, not claiming to have found answers, but knowing the insight will cause a shift in our understanding. What makes art done by Arabs, Arab art? Was the Lebanese band that regaled European audiences with Jazz revival tunes this Spring lugging a cultural product around with them? Probably not. How about the Jordanian hip hop artist that raps about Palestine and Arab revolutions, his lyrics interspersed by folkloric melodies? More complicated, pestering us to take off our intellectual caps and really just enjoy the music.