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Aziza A


Long steeped in the language of political resistance, hip-hop has a way of speaking volumes to disenfranchised youth the world over, whatever their language. Such was the case with Aziza A, who may be the first German-Turkish MC. Born in Berlin to Turkish parents who had immigrated there three years before, Aziza turned first to Turkish pop music and later to hip-hop as a means of coping with and combating the racism towards Turks in Germany, where hip-hop is primarily the domain of immigrant youth. Pairing beats drawn from Turkish folk and classical music, German pop, and Euro-American dance music with smart social commentary rhymed primarily in Turkish, Aziza began using her music to address issues like xenocentrism, sexism and the one-dimensional portrayal of Turkish women in German society. Aziza's career itself has confounded nearly every stereotype: One of very few women in hip-hop in Germany, Aziza is also perhaps the only Turkish female public figure there. She was also the first Turk to appear as a presenter on a German television show, and she has hosted her own Turkish music radio show since 1998.
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