FEMALE RAP FROM EGYPT

About the project

Background

We've followed the Egyptian revolution and its impact on the creative landscape amongst the country’s youth closely. Our projects such as Revolutionary Rap from Egypt and BOOST have provided Egyptian rappers with the opportunity to share their creativity, thoughts and ambitions with the Danish public. The projects have served as a platform for artistic expression and for exchanging and sharing values, opinions and attitudes through rap workshops, concerts and dialogue events. While working on the BOOST project, we met the 23 year old female rapper and songwriter Yukka from Alexandria. This young rapper, political activist and law student, seeks to put focus on the Egyptian women's harsh and sometimes cruel reality during the revolution. In several ways, Yukka stands out as a role model for many women in Egypt, and this project aimed to share her story.

Female rap from Egypt

With Yukka as the primary figure and artistic source, this project aimed to inform youths in Denmark about the many forms of political violence and repression of women that is taking place in Egypt. In the wake of the revolution and the “Arab Spring”, the Egyptian women are being placed in an extremely vulnerable situation where they are exposed to systematic attacks including violence, rape, degrading treatment and discrimination. The activities associated with this project involved 5 exhibitions and a gallery opening in Copenhagen showing a series of photographs portraying Yukkas everyday life and Egyptian women’s feelings and reflections towards their fight against discrimination. In addition, Yukka recorded a hip-hop track with a Danish female artist. Lastly, Yukka and her female guest star performed their rap-collab track at a concert in late November.