Hip-hop duo Axum
is spending the semester at Emory Hillel as part of the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program, in which Hillels across the country host artists from Israel.
Gilor Yehuda and Reuben Aragai who perform as Judah and Tedross, respectively blend Ethiopian and Middle Eastern sounds with Israeli-style hip-hop and reggae. As artists-in-residence, they run various workshops and public concerts meant to engage Jews and non-Jews at Emory and all of greater Atlanta. These include a Multicultural Seder, a discussion on diversity, a "Dumming-Up iFest," a workshop on entrepreneurship, and a slam poetry jam.
On Saturday night March 6, Axum performed at the Apache Cafe with Athens, Georgia-based reggae band Dubconcious. The show was a huge success, drawing a crowd of about 150 people. According to Emory Hillel director Michael Rabkin, "There were Dubconscious fans who heard about it from a jam band website, members of the Black-Jewish coalition of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee, college students, Jewish Federation YLC members, Limmud participants, and more."
According to Rabkin, the band is beginning to develop connections with local Atlanta rappers. "In fact, the guys told me after the show that it felt just like being at home. They felt the love from Atlanta!" Rabkin says.