Is the title of a great track by Syrian American rapper and spoken word artist Omar Offendum. Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in USofA he started his musical career as half of The N.O.M.A.D.S. duo, one of the first pairings of Arab- and African-American MCs. Later, Omar co-produced the critically-acclaimed “FREE-THE-P” mixtape, a fundraising effort in support of Palestine, and participated in “The Arab Summit” project, with Iraqi-Canadian MC The Narcicyst and others. As an educator and speaker, Omar co-authored the “Brooklyn Beats 2 Beirut Streets” performance-lecture, and has been featured on several major news outlets, including BBC, ABC News, and Aljazeera.
Offendum released his solo release, “SyrianamericanA” in 2010. In 2012 he released the mighty track and video for #Syria. This call for united citizenship against a dictator and his co-profiters touched many people right in their hearts. Omar doesn’t want to choose sides, he just wants to be human. But, thereby quoting Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
With National Memorial Day and National Liberation Day coming up in the Netherlands we thought him to be a great contribution to the Liberation Festival here in Utrecht. And we are very happy Omar thought just the same. So people, get ready, Omar is coming to town. He will be performing a benefit for Adopt a Revolution on the fourth of May, together with local hero Reazun in EKKO.
The day after he will be rocking the Liberation Festival. To remind us all liberty and freedom and peace aren’t just something given. They are the things we have to keep on fighting for. To make it a peace revolution 2.0