Afro-Arab singer Malika Zarra & Takin’ It to the Streets event

Moroccan jazz artist Malika Zarra talks about the hardships faced by North Africans in Europe.


She’ll be at the Takin’ It to the Streets event along with others like Mos Def.

InfoWhat: Takin’ It to the Streets: Urban International Festival
When: June 19th, 2010
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave. in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois Click here to see the map
Price: FREE*

*donations encouraged

20,000 people. 200 vendors.

100 artists. 4 stages.

1 day.

Takin’ It to the Streets is a Muslim-led festival where artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity inspire social change.

Takin’ It to the Streets bridges today’s cultural divides by connecting diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities through a dynamic festival. The festival will enrich cross-cultural community building not only in Chicago, but around the world.

Featured Artists:

  • Mos Def – Grammy Winner
  • Brother Ali – Minnesota, USA
  • Tinarwein – Mali
  • Chabab al Andalous – Morocco
  • And many more!

Four Stages:

  • Unity Stage: Reflects this unifying principle and showcases the diverse musical talents of contemporary artists
  • Hip Hop Pavilion: Bringing together the elements of MCing, DJing, Breakin’, and graff art, with skateboarding and workshops
  • World Music Stage: Blending global expression of traditional art forms through international artists
  • Streets Stage: The festival’s signature stage bringing together dynamic performers and inspiring speakers


  • Faith & Justice: Speakers, panel discussion, and dialogue on a variety of issues relating to spirituality & social change
  • International Bazaar: Cultural artifacts, multi-ethnic cuisine, community organizations and more!
  • Health & Wellness Fair: Free health screenings, information on healthy living and refreshments 
  • Sports Arena: 3-on-3 Basketball tournament open to all
  • Family Zone: Rides, interactive games, children’s activities, and family-friendly performances
  • Prayer Center: A quite space open all day for meditation, reflection and prayer

Additional Streets 2010 Events

Since its inception in 1997 as a single-day event, Takin’ It to the Streets has steadily grown in attendance and impact, and in 2010 it is preceded by a full week of events that embrace a new Muslim cultural renaissance.

Salaam Film Festival June 13-15: University of Chicago

A three-day festival highlighting the power of film as a tool for peace and social change. The festival will also screen films from the One Chicago, One Nation online film contest. Click here for more info

Melodies from Morocco June 16: Old Town School of Folk Music

The festival continues with a performance by the renowned Orchestre Chabab Al Andalous from Morocco Click here for more info

Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices June 17: Millennium Park

World Music artists Tinariwen, from Mali, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, from Turkey, will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Click here for more info

About the Producer

Takin’ it to the Streets is produced by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a globally recognized leader that aims to change, serve and inspire by working on social justice issues, delivering a wide range of direct services, and cultivating the arts in urban communities.

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Diam: The Wrapped up French Rapper

Diam, one of France’s most popular artists and rapper dons a hijab in her official music video for “Coeur de Bombe”, as she is newly converted.

here’s the english translation:
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

It starts with looks,
promises, ‘Yes, but …’, romance of late, sms, emails, walks near the canal,
of waffle, silences.
We divide our scars
Here and there is evidence.
The lips, tongue, heart and slow, dreams, luck, hours of weightlessness.
Raving about the future of nights spent in isolation.
‘It does? ”
‘Not all of then wait darling nan not at once. ”
Cut off from the world, fully in the relationship, you’re my bomb, others were all idiots anyway, it’s not like you’re a pearl You know, you’re rare.
I think ‘I love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

A few months later I moved, it moved.
The clouds hide the storm
we know, it is viewed.
The bomb is quiet,
the woman a little less safe, reflex girl, I want everything faster and much more.
Then the madness resumes soon
but the life BOUSILLE.
And yes, he still must learn to manage routine.
Venus and Mars accuse because his love kills time, but when the time kills love Venus then apologizes.
Feminine passionate, biological clock, Male exceeded psycholoqiques problems.
‘Marriage why wait? Why not going to tell me. ”
‘Nan but wait you can understand dear, this is only eight months. ”
‘And you think about children? And if we become parents?
‘But wait you can understand my love, it is only 3 years.
You’re tainted, you’re too much speed, too sad for me.
My darling, ‘I do not love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

can you imagine the result, rage and tears.
‘Who guards the apartment’ and sharing of furniture? ”
He insults me, lynch me, pulling me even his hat.
is it really true behind the princes, there’s still a toad.
I let the angels answer
and give me strength, because for sure my pretty bomb
revert to type at my door.
I know I say what I dreamed of hearing, he wants children and get married immediately.
He tells me how much struggle and suffering, remembering the two of us in the moonlight searching the great bear.
Barely 3 months after the break, I see him crawling, camping in the rain at the foot of my apartment soaked.

To all the men who drool because the woman is rather boring, but sweet, endearing and possessive.
Do not expect her to go, hold it, marry it, before another bomb did say ‘I love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

I came across a bomb, a bomb such as one rarely sees.
The heart is ‘boom’ and then falls.
On a bomb.
I came across a bomb, a bomb that you speak of children.
The heart is ‘boom’ and then falls.
At a time bomb.

Veiled Threat: The guerrilla graffiti of Princess Hijab

About 5 or 6 years ago I stumbled on Princess Hijab’s myspace. With her[?] art posted without explanation–not that it needed much– I couldn’t help but feel great admiration for the traditional rebel. I couple of months later the myspace was down and I couldn’t find anything about her. Then during a blackout I picked up a BITCH magazine [a feminist magazine] and started to read it. There was a article on Princess Hijab!

In fact, Princess Hijab asserts, her dressing up of billboards is a symbolic act of resistance meanttoreassert a “physical and mental integrity” against what she calls the “visual terrorism” of advertising. Arguing that the human right of expression has been displaced by publicists, advertisers, and the machinery of capitalist, commodified culture, she offers that, “My work explores how something as intimate as the human body has become as distant as a message from your corporate sponsor.”

The message is so unique and powerful from the mere fact that Princess Hijab is actually not even Muslim. The article, which has more details is fantastic, you can read it here.

Princess Hijab’s offical website can be found here as well. The Japanese characters makes me wonder if Princess Hijab is actually Japanese…

To understand Princess Hijab’s art is to question the incongruities of our society. In this era of extreme visual marketing, Princess Hijab explores notions of space and representation, challenging people’s ideas on normative types of representations with the distinctive black veil. Her work is the living example of how symbolist imagery is woven in or out of the social landscape in order to question its motley texture through art.

–Tatiana Soubielle