International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Harlem Renaissance meets Damascus in Omar Offendum’s vibrant performance of hip hop and Arabic poetry.
Equal parts captivating music and eye-opening lecture, Offendum’s conversational performance invites the listener in to experience a melding of disparate worlds. Drawing on the poetic stylings of Langston Hughes and Nizar Qabbani, Offendum creates a sonic landscape that unites the disparate influences. Emerging from a decade-long artistic journey, Offendum’s artistic output parallels Syria’s shifting sociopolitical sands and the rise of social media, building a poetic pathway that bridges the cultural divide.