Percussion NOT Politics
How much is really known about Arab culture here in America? There is now a great interest in all things Arab and Islamic. But how available is the information? How accurate is the source material? And most important, how narrow are the topics?
Religion and politics do not constitute a culture. Two people can be from the same culture but have different religions and divergent political views. However when someone in America reads the newspaper, watches television or surfs the Internet and is presented with information on the Arab and Muslim world, it is always about religion or politics.
Language and the arts define Arab and Islamic culture. By learning about these unifying themes, one can understand this culture with much more depth and authenticity. One will see the soul of the Arab and their emotional conscience through the art forms that have dominated their lives over centuries.
My agenda is to demonstrate the depth of Arab art as exemplified in music and dance. My presentations are highly participatory and entertaining. Arab culture, through the universal language of music, becomes demystified and humanized. The beauty and authenticity of Arabic music and dance serve as a convincing demonstration of the simultaneous exoticism and familiarity of this ancient culture.
-Karim Nagi, 2007