Semitism in lyrics amid ECHO award backlash in Germany

A German rap duo whose infamous lyrics include references regarded as anti Semitic have been awarded Canada Goose Parka one of the country’s most prestigious music prizes.

In a move that caused a nationwide outcry and attracted international condemnation, canada goose clearance Kollegah and Farid Bang received the ECHO award for best hip hop/urban album at a ceremony in Berlin.

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Their winning of the award, which is the German equivalent of a Grammy, was swiftly condemned by prominent artists, Jewish organizations and senior politicians.

Monika Gruetters, Germany’s culture and media minister, said that while artistic freedom was canada goose factory sale cherished in the country, “a line was crossed” in this instance. She said the duo, based in the city of Offenbach, should never even have been nominated.

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Kollegah, 33, a Muslim convert whose real name is Felix Blum, defended the lyrics, arguing that they had been “misinterpreted,” and offered to provide free tickets to future concerts for Jewish fans.

In a YouTube video, he also canada goose coats blamed the mainstream media for underestimating the intelligence of his listeners.

Kollegah’s artistic partner Farid Bang, born Farid El Abdellaoui to parents of North African origin, apologized in a letter Canada Goose Coats On Sale to 93 year old Holocaust survivor and musician Esther Bejarano for any offense caused.

The duo have gained notoriety in Germany for their provocative content, which uk canada goose outlet critics have labelled misogynistic and homophobic.

A track from a previous album, entitled Apocalypse, depicted Jewish bankers as controlling world affairs.

The duo’s record label, BMG, stood by the controversial tracks, saying canada goose coats on sale it would not dictate the content of its artists’ albums. But the Canada Goose Jackets Bertelsmann owned buy canada goose jacket cheap firm said it would donate Canada Goose Online 100,000 euros to a campaign dedicated to fighting anti Semitism in German schools.

Anti Semitic attacks have been on the rise in Germany, and the issue was brought to national prominence once again this week when two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps in the gentrified Berlin neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg canada goose store were assaulted.

The increase in such incidents has led Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s government to appoint a special commissioner to tackle prejudice, particularly in primary schools.

The backlash over Kollegah and Farid Bang’s award began at cheap Canada Goose the ECHO ceremony itself, when one of Germany’s most recognizable cultural Canada Goose Outlet figures, Campino, the canada goose uk outlet lead singer canada goose of 1980s rock band Die Toten Hosen, registered his protest by refusing his own award, and canada goose black friday sale railing against the rappers.

Several other German stars, including cheap canada goose uk cover artist Klaus Voormann, classical pianist Igor Levit and conductor Enoch zu Gutenberg announced they would return previous awards.

Rock musician Marius M a recipient of multiple ECHO awards, defended the duo from accusations of anti Semitism, instead branding them “shockingly ignorant.”

The head of Germany’s music industry association, BVMI, which oversees the ECHO awards, apologized to those whose “feelings Canada Goose sale had been hurt” by the rappers’ recognition. In a letter to Jewish leaders, Florian Druecke said his Canada Goose online board had wanted to “promote artistic freedom” and committed to making canada goose canada goose uk clearance sale sure nothing similar would occur in the future.

Holocaust survivor and former president of the Association of the Jewish Community Charlotte Knobloch said she was shocked by the lack of sensitivity, canada goose uk shop and considered the award a “devastating signal.”.