Monday, October 15 thru Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oddisee is presented as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative, funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art & the National Endowment for the Arts, & co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center & the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.

Amir Mohamed el Khalifa — the acclaimed rapper and producer better known as Oddisee — comes to Durham this October for a weeklong residency, marking the culmination of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative. Oddisee’s visit also coincides with Duke Performances’ ongoing Building Bridges: Muslims in America series, a three-year project that seeks to foster understanding, respect, and dialogue around Muslim art and culture.

In addition to two daylong engagements with Durham high school students, Oddisee will visit Duke classes in the departments of African and African American Studies and Asian and Middle East Studies, and take part in a free public conversation at The Pinhook in downtown Durham. Backed by a sensational live band, he will then bring his perspective as a Sudanese-American Muslim artist to bear in a culminating performance at Motorco Music Hall on Thursday, October 18.