Hausa rapper Ziriums Show, Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn, New York, midnight, Friday 9/10 September 2011

Ziriums performs "Hausa Fulani" at the 2010 Savannah International Movie Awards in Abuja (c) Carmen McCain

Hausa rapper Ziriums (Nazir Ahmad Hausawa) will be performing in what his invitation to the event calls  “the first Hausa Rap concert ever in Brooklyn”

Time: 12am midnight

Date: Friday, 9/10 September 2011

Venue: Amarachi Lounge , at 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238, United States

$10 cover fee

Ziriums has previously performed at The Shrine in New York; SUNY Purchase, New York; the Savannah International Movie Awards, Abuja; the pre-parlour Music Festival in Niamey, Niger; the British Council, Kano, among other appearances. He has collaborated with musicians Mecca2Medina, Yoye, Supreme Solar, Billy-O, Abdullahi Mighty, Adam A. Zango, Murja Baba, Maryam Fantimoti, Alfazazee, Malo Men, Osama bin Music, and others. He released his first album This is Me online in 2010. It can be purchased on Myspace, Amazon, and itunes.

Ziriums is featured in the forthcoming documentary Recording a Revolution and has also been featured on CNN, NTA International, Fim Magazine, and has made appearances on radio shows and other print and online publications, including translation of an interview and translation of lyrics on A Tunanina and a feature on Sahel Sounds.

For more information about Ziriums and to listen to his music, see his Facebook page, myspace page, reverbnation page, and youtube page.

Ziriums’ show in Brooklyn follows on another recent Kano-Lagos Connection concert featuring much Hausa hiphop that took place in Kano, at the Goethe Institut.

Other hiphop artists who use Hausa include Abdullahi Mighty, Adam A. Zango, Big Daddy Fresh, Billy-O (featured in TY Shaban’s video here), Buzo Danfillo, Daman Sounds, Japs, Jesse JagzKano Raiders, K-Boyz, Lakal Kaney, Lt. John, M.I., Nomiis Gee, Osama bin MusicTY Shaban, Vtime Faya, among others. For more sampling of Hausa hiphop and popular music listen to this free sampler at, put together by Hausa popular culture scholar Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, which includes songs by Billy-O, Soultan Abdul, Abdullahi Mighty, Menne, Lakal Kaney, Neba Solo, and the “traditional” musician Dan Maraya Zamfara [actual name is Babangida Kakadawa].)

Here is Zirium’s music video from the title track of his album This is Me.

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