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Nomadic Wax


Nomadic Wax is a national urban music company that produces music and educational events aimed at creating cross-cultural exchange and increasing awareness of global issues.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/5/2017: Embrace Humanity (feat. Omar Offendum, Mana, and Amal Kassir)

In a quest for deeper cultural understanding, Nomadic Wax presents Hip Hop and spoken word poetry artists from Syria and Iran. These artists blend Hip Hop aesthetics with aspects of traditional Persian culture and deliver deeply personal messages of life, hope, and peace. D.C.-based DJ RBI will be providing the music for the artists. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip Hop and spoken word artist raised in Washington, D.C. Mana is an Iranian-American Hip Hop artist and founder of Lipstick Revolt, a women’s empowerment organization. Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American spoken word poet and activist.

Presented in collaboration with Nomadic Wax.

Video 4/14/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Native Sun

Joining forces in 2010, London-based duo Native Sun blends hip-hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of universal peace, equality, social justice, and environmental change. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 4/8/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents The Narcicyst

Iraqi Canadian musician, actor, multimedia artist, and activist The Narcicyst has shared his work worldwide, blending traditional Arab sounds with hip-hop. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 4/6/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Nomadic Massive

From Montreal, Canada, Nomadic Massive, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural group of performers and skilled musicians, creates open-minded hip-hop inspired by traditions of the past, most notably live instrumentation and a wide range of vocal styles. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 4/1/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Black Noise

The oldest active hip-hop crew in South Africa, Cape Town's Black Noise is credited as a pioneer of the “conscious” hip-hop movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 3/30/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Las Krudas and KEUR-GUI

This double bill features Las Krudas, a female duo of hip-hop MCs, musicians, poets, and theater performers born and raised in Cuba who work to fight against oppression and to celebrate life. Joining Las Krudas is KEUR-GUI, a group of hip-hop musicians from Senegal whose music and performances speak out against bad governance and regime corruption in their home country. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 3/29/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Shokanti

Shokanti approaches the mic with a unique expression of hip-hop, theater, and social consciousness that blends with the rhythms and soul of Cabo Verde, Africa. Part of One Mic: Hip- Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 3/28/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Dynamic Duo

The Korean hip-hop group, Choiza and Gaeko, debuted in 2004 with the album Taxi Driver, which was the best-selling hip-hop album in South Korea, while their second album, Double Dynamite, won them “Best Hip-Hop Album” in the Korean Music Awards in 2006. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 3/27/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Quilomboarte Collective

Quilomboarte Collective uses hip-hop as a means not just for entertainment, but also education and social change. This show features poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador, and Quilomboarte Collective founder Bocafloja, spoken word artist Hache ST, percussionist De la Ceiba, vocalist Atiyya, saxophonist Fernando Leon, and DJ BooPart of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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