Literary Nonfiction. Music. Italian Studies. The odyssey recounted within these pages traverses time and space in order to bear witness to an individual's developing artistry and commitment to political activism. In doing so, Kento chronicles the ongoing dynamics involving the potential of rap music's Italianate permutations and the legacy of a progressive, left cultural politics—what Antonio Gramsci called the national-political—to renounce such societal ills as neo-fascism, xenophobic racism, and misogynistic violence plaguing twenty-first century Italy. Kento's sonic resistance offers a model in which an informed individual's action and artistry contribute to a larger movement.
Francesco "Kento" Carlo is a rapper, activist, and blogger from Reggio Calabria, winner of the Premio Cultura Contro le Mafie and promoter of Hip-Hop Smash The Wall, a project in collaboration and in solidarity with the Palestinian scene. He runs a popular blog on Fatto Quotidiano and is on the board of directors of LIPS—Lega Italiana Poetry Slam.Author City: ROME ITA