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CONCERT | YASMO feat. DC poets and rappers

Austrian music has more to offer than Mozart, Haydn and Schubert: On April 17, we presented to you another representative of the incredibly dynamic and diverse, young (female) Austrian music scene, the talented and inspiring rapper, singer and poet Yasmin Hafedh (a.k.a. Yasmo).

The ACF Washington was delighted to partner again with the non-profit organization Words Beats & Life and organize a unique event, filled with spoken word poetry and rap music. The young Austrian rapper and slam poet Yasmo joined forces with local youth poets and rappers from Words Beats & Life and they performed a juxtaposition of German and English lyrics mixed with electronic beats!



Marjan Naderi 
Gabriela Orozco
Ahmad Woodard
Xavier Boone
Salihah Aakil
Sasha Zirin

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory
Parking on International Court is available after 6:30 pm (for the duration of the event) or on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.

A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.


Photo | © Robert Maybach

Photo | © Robert Maybach

Yasmin Hafedh a.k.a. Yasmo is an Austrian performing poet and rapper. She started out as a poetry slammer but in the past couple of years, she has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s most complex and interesting female MCs. Her second solo album, „Kein Platz für Zweifel“, released in 2013, brought her new fans and a lot of airplay. Countless appearances as a spoken word poet, rapper, talk show guest as well as host and (occasionally as) actress followed. Since 2015, she started surrounding herself with a jazz ensemble/big band and they became Yasmo & the Klangkantine. The band gained with their debut album not only Austria-wide media attention and numerous live performances, but also a nomination for the Austrian music award "Amadeus". Yasmo is known, not to mince her words and that she does not shy away from addressing society’s most pressing issues: migration, feminism and racism.


What began as a Hip-Hop conference at the University of Maryland in 2000 became a working group of unapologetic advocates for the transformative power of Hip-Hop culture in all its forms, empowering artists to relentlessly create and refine systems that demonstrate positive change through their individual and collective brilliance. WBL embraces the sacred nature of their own work and their roles as keepers and innovators of their culture.


Mazi Mutafa is the Executive Director of Words Beats & Life, thereby teaching, convening and presenting Hip-Hop in DC, throughout the country and around the world. Mazi began this organization as an after school program dedicated to creating transformative learning experiences in non-traditional classroom, teaching the elements of Hip-Hop.