Radio Intifada will be broadcast for a full hour this week, 2:30-3:30
meaning the shaking off of oppression/silence
Voices from Kolkata to Casablanca
Voices of struggle, Voices for change
Thursday, Novemer 26, 2009 2:30-3:30 pm PST
KPFK/Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara
streaming at kpfk.org - available on audio archive for 90 days
Poetry and Music of the Levant:
Four women poets
Distinctive Arabic taqsim music
Host and Producer Nile El Wardani
With guest artists:
Riad Abdel-Gawad (Violinist/Composer) Born in Cairo, Egypt, Riad is a graduate of USC, the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Harvard University where he received his PhD in music composition. Riad composes music and performs on the violin. Having immersed himself for over a decade in a unique guru-based artistic school in Cairo, Riad Abdel-Gawad is considered amongst his peers to be one of the finest artists of his generation whose linage to a remarkably distinct school of Arab music and a mastery of its improvisatory practice was developed by Abdo Dagher, legendary violin accompanier to Egyptian singer Oum Kalsoum. His site is www.riadabdelgawad.com
Nathalie Handal, a Palestinian American, is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer. She is the author of several poetry books and anthologies, most notably, The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (Academy of American Poets Bestseller; winner of the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award); and co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (Norton, 2008). Her work has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Her site is nathaliehandal.com.
Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian American poet and writer, author of The Scar Saloon, Rooftops of Tehran and Sin: Selected Poems of Forough Farrokhzad. She is the associate editor of Words Without Border (Norton, 2010), the editor of The Atlanta Review—Iran Issue (2010), and her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and have been translated into several languages. Her site is sholehwolpé.com.
Tina Demirdjian is an Armenian American poet with roots in Turkey whose first book, Imprint, received a grant from the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs. The winner of numerous awards, she says she “writes about love. I write about being Armenian. I write about my grandmother and about being a woman.”
Vanessa Hidary is a Syrian Jewish American hip hop poet, actress and playwright, who goes by the moniker the Hebrew Mamita, due to her close association with New York’s Nuyorican poetry scene and her fluency in Spanish (from her Sephardic roots). She is a core member of the troupe “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” and performs the solo show “Culture Bandit.” She has been featured in Def Poetry Jam and was a Grand Slam Poetry Finalist at The Nuyorican Poets Café. Her site is hebrewmamita.com.