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Fête de la Musique 2013
IAM with special guest Rakim at Summerstage

New York, 3rd June, 2013: Fête de la Musique is a festival that began in
France in 1982, a free music festival to mark the summer solstice.
Introduced by the then-Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, the intention of the
festival was to promote music through free concerts and street performances.
Often known as ‘World Music Day’, the festival is now celebrated in more
than 460 cities in 110 countries worldwide.  In New York the day is called
‘Make Music New York’, and has been a celebration of free music in public
spaces across the city since 2009.

Two French groups will play in New York as part of the Fête de la Musique
celebrations on the 21st of June this year.

IAM with special guest Rakim will play the Summerstage in Central Park, 7:00
pm ­ 10:00 pm

IAM with special guest Rakim:
IAM is a French hip-hop group from Marseille, formed in 1988.  IAM¹s 1997
album, L¹école du micro d¹argent, sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.  Hugely
popular in France and across Europe, IAM’s lyrics are highly political and
often address the place of Islam and Arabic culture within French society.
IAM have a long history of collaborations with American artists, in
particular with Wu-Tang Clan, with whom they have worked, on and off, since
1997.  IAM have also collaborated with artists such as Beyonce and Talib
Qweli.
Rakim¹s iconic album, Paid in Full  has garnered praise from outlets such as
Rolling Stone, who has deemed it, ³the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time.²
Few artists have had as great an impact on the development of the genre as
Rakim. Recognized as one of the ³Masters of the Microphone,² he first
exploded onto the scene with the release of the iconic single, ³Eric B. is
President² which showcased his intricately intellectual lyrics.

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