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Shadia Mansour

Pioneering Arab hip-hop artist, vocal in Palestinian cultural preservation.

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Date of Birth:



London, England

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Shadia Mansour, known as the "First Lady of Arab Hip-Hop", is a British rapper and MC of Palestinian origin. She has used her music to advocate for Palestinian issues, challenge gender norms in Arab culture, and promote cultural preservation.

Brief bio

Shadia Mansour is an English-Palestinian hip-hop and soul artist recognized for her socially conscious lyrics. Born in London to Palestinian parents, she was exposed to Arab culture and politics from a young age. She started her musical journey by singing classical Arab protest songs and later transitioned into hip-hop, using it as a platform to address political and social issues, particularly those affecting Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • 2003: Began her rapping career through a collaboration with Syrian rapper Elsam Jawaad.

  • 2007: Collaborated with Palestinian rapper Mahmoud Jreri from the DAM group.

  • 2008: First tour in West Bank, Palestine, which influenced her views on Palestinian nationalism.

  • 2010: Released her first single, "The Kufiyyeh is Arab", gaining widespread recognition.

  • 2013: Selected as one of the top 100 most powerful Arab women in the world by "Arabian Business List".

  • Pioneered Arabic hip-hop and reggae, introducing them to a broad audience...See More

  • Collaborated with significant artists, bridging cultural divides through music...See More

  • Tackled gender issues within Arabic culture, challenging traditional norms...See More

  • Advocated for Palestinian national identity and cultural preservation through her music.

  • Raised global awareness about Palestinian issues and the struggle for freedom.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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