Artist Profile: Rapper Gaafar Touffar of Beirut | Link TV
Artist Profile: Rapper Gaafar Touffar of Beirut
Gaafar Touffar is an Arabic rapper who voices his concerns about Beirut’s political and social issues.
“I had three choices growing up in the northeast area of Lebanon: joining the Lebanese army, joining Hezbollah or becoming a drug dealer.”
In Port-au-Prince; a radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday singer and a creole rapper showcase the emerging and subversive sounds and images of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
After two decades of violence and corruption under the reign of the largest cocaine drug cartel operation in history, Medellín, Colombia awakens to the sights, sounds and colors of an urban renaissance crafted by a group of creative entrepreneurs, artists and visionary city planners defying street wars.
Moscow is a city where dissidents live in fear. After emerging from a decade of post-Soviet economic and political turmoil, the country, under Putin’s rule, is a place where authorities have tightened control over the media and stifled the opposition. The government maintains a narrative that insists on the country’s unique power in contrast with the rest of Europe. In 2011, thousands of protestors gathered in Moscow to protest electoral fraud – it was the biggest show of protest since the fall of the USSR.
As one of the oldest cities in the world and of significance to followers of all three major religions, Jerusalem is constantly on edge. It is segregated into two distinct parts, East and West. In the streets, 18-year-old soldiers patrol the city with guns. Artists in both parts of the city are using art to find and fight for their own truth and bring about peace amid the regular eruptions of violence.
Lagos, the largest city in Africa and an economic powerhouse, is characterized by extreme social inequalities, frequent power cuts and a rapidly increasing population. In the rest of Nigeria, political upheavals, including the militant insurgency of Boko Haram and a drop in oil production in the country’s oil sector, are among some of the challenges facing the government of Mohammadu Buhari, elected in 2015. Lagos, and its exploding art scene, is where these realities are brought to the fore of people’s consciousness.
George heads to the iceberg capital of the world—Newfoundland, Canada.KCET Original
Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers.KCET Original
Communities and innovators all over the world are creating new sustainable food sources that are resilient to climate change and growing populations.KCET Original
The Pomo people have been in California for millennia. This video explores the history of the Pomo people and the fight to keep their traditions alive.KCET Original
Alicia and Diego's wedding movie reveals some secrets.KCET Original
Five severely wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans work with Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget, and B.J. Novak to write and perform their own personal stand-up comedy routines.
A radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday singer and a creole rapper showcase a hopeful image of Haiti in the aftermath of its devastating natural disasters.
Alicia and Diego's wedding movie reveals some secrets.
The spirited Los Angeles River gushes from the mountains only to be forced into a concrete corset in downtown LA.
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