Stephan Said

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Stephan Said – Global Pop/Nextworld Player by stephansaidofficial
BIO- Stephan Said is an internationally acclaimed singer/rapper/musician, writer, and organizer known for pioneering what he calls “global pop,” fusing pop, hip-hop, rock, rap, jazz, folk and world dance musics in an infectious border breaking sound with ecstatic lyrics of global unity and change. An Iraqi-American with family in Baghdad and Mosul, he sings and writes in numerous langauges and is known for his role in major social movements across the globe including the Seattle/WTO protests and antiwar movements, the Egyptian Revolution, Arab Spring, and Occupy movement.  Likened to a Bob Marley, John Lennon or Bob Dylan for the digital millennium (Athens Magazine), he’s been called “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” (Billboard Magazine), and “le troubadour du mouvement altermondialiste” or “troubadour of the global justice movement” (L’Humanite and The Progressive).

Stephan’s anti-war song “The Bell,” with folk legend Pete Seeger and members of both Hip-hop group Spearhead and rock band Ween,  was hailed as the “first major song against the war in Iraq” (New York Times) and became the first-ever viral protest video online. His songs have been performed by artists across genres ranging from Dave Matthews to Beatnick and K-Salaam, Patti Smith, DJ Spooky and more. His song “Aheb Aisht Al Huriyah” (I love the life of freedom) was released in January 2011 at the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution. His song “Take A Stand” and new album difrent:, produced by Grammy winner Hal Willner, were released with a declaration “A Song United for A Global Spring” calling for an international movement for a more equitable global economy in September 2011. His most universal statement of hope yet, the album features an all-star band of world, pop and jazz legends including Lenny Pickett, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Art Baron, Yousif Sheronick, George Mitchell, Kevin Hunter, Howard Johnson, Earl Gardner, Jane Scarpantoni, and Rob Clores.

In conjunction with the release, Stephan and a team of music industry and international development pros launched a website and broadcast platform, as a global source for music and culture for social change. Since the album’s release, the site has featured interviews, features and downloads with a wide range of global artists including Amadou and Mariam, Warren Haynes, Vieux Farka Toure, and more.  Stephan has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, PRI, BBC, The Village Voice, and more, and his essays on music, movement building, non-violence and global affairs have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive Magazine, The Huffington Post, AlterNet, Counterpunch, and others. For more information, visit the biography page here.


The Bell, with Pete Seeger, Dean Ween, Mary Harris

In The Air, Live At The Living Room, 10/13/2011

Take A Stand, live at Riverside Church


ORF (Austrian National Radio #1, 3/20/2012): Stephan Said – The Musical Voice of the Occupy Movement


THE GUARDIAN UK: (interviews with Stephan, Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis for the #J15 WOrldwide Candlelight Vigil)









“A Song United For A Global Spring” (liner notes for difrent:)

“Taking The Arab Freedom Movement Global Through Song”

Stephan Said Releases Freedom Song:

“Occupy Music”

“Oakland, Non-violence, and the Future of Occupy”



“Ask which musicians made the greatest political statements of the past 50 years and names such as John Lennon, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan will likely come to mind. Yet to that esteemed list we add Stephan [Said].” – Athens Magazine

“This generation’s Woody Guthrie.” – Billboard Magazine

“The clearest voice of the protest movement rising up out of Seattle.” – Jam TV/ Rolling Stone Network

“Opening your album with a title track decrying  the consolidation of power in the music industry, naming  names in the process, is a moderately impressive act, but making the song sound like Phil Ochs as backed by the Roots is a conceit of enjoyably perverse genius.” – All Music Review

“He has been compared to Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. It’s easy to see why” – Ed Condran, Gannett News Service

“Stephan [Said], with his reedy voice, acoustic guitar and earnest topical songs such as ‘The Ballad of Abner Louima’ (with Patti Smith), recalls Bob Dylan in his early days.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Stephan [Said] is an incredible songwriter and musician. Keep your ears open. You will see him in the future.” – Dave Matthews

So Strong is the buzz on Mr. [Said] that he was asked by the grandfather of American folk music, Pete Seeger, to update perhaps the nation’s most famous protest anthem, “We Shall Overcome.” – The New York Times

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