Concert of Colors: Nafada: Arab Women in Hip Hop

Detroit-based electronic/industrial outfit Nafada is a remarkable collaboration of some of the leading female hip-hop artists from Africa and the Middle East, including Medusa Tn (Tunisia), Soultana (Morocco) and Meryam Saci (Algeria). The result was a deliciously defiant experience, a balance of irrepressibly beat-driven lyricism and provocative politics. “Nafada is inspired by circumstance and our view of the indignation of women in crisis regions combined with current U.S. anti-Muslim rhetoric, the rise of a resistance movement and our duty to our local Arab community here in Detroit, Michigan.

Here in North America, artists have the freedom to express themselves without fear while in places like Algeria, Tunisia, Iran, and Morocco, women can be banned for performing music or worse, they could be jailed or killed. Our travels overseas throughout Northern Africa and those artistically censored regions was eye-opening for us and it was the start of us understanding the enormous challenges women artists face.”

All performances are free, those scheduled for inside the Detroit Film Theatre require online ticket registration. For the complete 2022 Concert of Colors concert schedule visit

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. Global music at its finest at this colorful, festive, upbeat coveted summer event. It’s produced by the Concert of Colors with partners Culture Source, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS,  University of Michigan – Detroit Center, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Historical Museum, College For Creative Studies, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, Third Man Records, Lowriders of Detroit, Science Gallery Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Midtown Inc., University of Michigan Dearborn, University of Michigan – Detroit, Arab American National Museum, WDET, The Scarab Club and the International Institute of Metro Detroit.