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SyrianamericanA, Omar Offendum

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.