Palestinian Female Rapper back in Denmark
Safeya Hathot aka Safaa 3arapeye was born and raised in Palestine. Safaa began to rap as a 15-year-old. She couldn’t get her parents’ permission to hang out with the other rappers because they all were boys, but luckily she found another girl to rap with. Since then, she has enjoyed the full support of her parents, who like many in Palestine have discovered Safaa’s talent for rhythm and poetry.
Back in Denmark
A talent that has led to performances in the Middle East, Europe and participation in the documentary film “Checkpoint Rock: Songs from Palestine” (2009), which is about the music in Palestine, and “Slingshot Hip Hop” (2008) on Palestinian hip hop and its potential to galvernize the young and articulate a common opposition to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Safaa participated in RAPOLITICS Malikah in 2011, where she together with Chantal from Lebanon represented female rap power, engaging with more than 250 high school students in Denmark. Furthemore, Safaa also participated in our rap coach course in Jordan for rappers from the Middle East as a part of the project RAPOLITICS Bokra. We are proud to invited Safaa back to Denmark. This time she will participate in Tomorrow Today, a project about the Arab Spring, digital activism and revolutionary rap.
Along with the many new hip hop crews that shot up in Palestine in the ’90s, the tracks from Dr. Dre and Tupac influenced Safaa greatly. Their lyrics, even before Safaa sat down and translated them word for word, spoke to her. Now she has with her fierce rap made an Arab woman’s version of an otherwise male-dominated music genre. Safaa’s rap is based on how the daily lives of Palestinians unfold in a world full of politics, tensions and challenges. The song “Paka Paka” is about how the gossip has significant implications for Safaa and other girls that address and vocalize their opinion about the situation in a conservative society like Palestine. Nevertheless, Safaa loves her homeland deeply: “When I return home to Palestine, I feel safe, comfortable and warm,” she says.
This blog entry is a partialy translation of an article previously published by DCCD.