Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00am
World Music Hall

$12 per workshop; $30 for all three workshops. FREE for Wesleyan students!

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Poverty, natural disaster, and the strife of a long-standing civil war in Algeria forced singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci and her mother to flee the country and move to Canada as refugees in 2000. It was there that Ms. Saci discovered hip hop. The young artist used rap to learn English, and was soon speaking, writing, and performing in the language. It wasn’t long before she had begun to use her music to explore issues of identity that as a young immigrant she had firsthand experience dealing with.

In this workshop, Ms. Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman. She will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story.

Lunch provided for participants.

Meryem Saci will be performing on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9pm as part of the Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert.

This event is part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.