Although Brother Ali packs plenty of political rhetoric into his rhymes, the music is only the jumping-off point. A natural orator who can speak with great passion and insight, Ali is a perfect fit for a presentation at the 25th anniversary session for the locally based Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Amid a weekend of talks on issues affecting the global community, the "Hip Hop and Peace" session with a brief performance is a powerful way to understand the mind behind last year's acclaimed Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, but also the guy who went to jail while raising awareness for the Occupy Homes movement. With Syrian rapper and activist Omar Offendum and featuring a discussion moderated by 89.3 the Current's Andrea Swensson.
Sat., March 9, 8 p.m., 2013