Dear world: I’ve decided to rebrand as Danny K, my original title. I do this for my Creator, for my family, and for my home countries, Syria & Armenia [The Middle East at large – Falastin], for my grandfather’s legacy of ingenious, and finally, perhaps selfishly, for myself.
From now on you can follow me on all social media outlets [Twitter, Instagram & Facebook] via @dannyk1988/@dannykrikorian.
New album coming SOON.
It will be available via Spotify, TIDAL & Apple Music/iTunes – this September.
Stay tuned for more updates. Show dates TBA. Visit the store to purchase new shirts for the upcoming album & to preorder a physical copy of the album itself.
I am a proud Syrian American who has lived here since 1996. Despite my struggles with immigration, and the reluctance of the US to recognize me as American as any other, I still do love this country. I love it and its imperfections. I know, deep down, the heart of America is pure. It has stains from a past of injustice, but I believe our future can be brighter and more accessible to all Americans, not just a privileged few. I also believe that, despite the national media’s attempt to slander Islam, that we will overcome this trying time, together, as Americans. I do believe that the most important issue of our time still remains the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Its implications cannot be overlooked as they are tied to every single act of conflict in the world that emanates from the Middle East. Before we can start speaking about justice, we must reflect on the human rights violations perpetrated by Israel and its cohorts against the humanity of the Palestinian people. Those of you who have been distracted by recent events, have been brainwashed by mass media to forget the source of Arab misery, the indignation that comes with occupation, and the policy implications that result from it. Without a colonial, ethnocentric theocracy in the Middle East, Israel, entities like Saudi Arabia couldn’t survive; and neither could the entire Gulf, which is built on conflict, tension and arbitrary thievery of resources. The Israeli minority continues to rule the Middle East through a system of apartheid, divide and conquer, and as long as media outlets in the West continue to ignore the significance of the violation of Palestinian human rights, the tougher the road will be in trying to mitigate political violence, conflict and instability.
When “patriotic” Americans vilify others countries and their leaders, like for example, Saddam Hussein, you forget one thing. When Saddam dropped mustard gas on the Kurds; when he murdered his own people and sent their bodies cut up in boxes to Middle Eastern families; remember this picture?
A few short weeks ago Talib Kweli surprised his fans with a new project, Train Of Thought. Then, alongside both Rapsody and The Roots – he debuted the Indie 500 single “Every Ghetto” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. However, the best things in life come in threes, and Talib how now released a compilation project Roy G Biv: What A Colourful World, with his collective Colours Of The Culture.
COTC is composed of
* emcees Talib, Niko Is, Chaz Van Queen, K’Valentine and Truly Def
* producers Thanks Joey, Krikos, and Henry Daher
* singer Paulina Vo
* visual artist YousTheJuice
* filmmaker Chris Smith
* comedian Seth Byrd
* multi-hyphenates Anthony “Townsky” Diaz, The Narcysist and Palmer Reed