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Narcy reads Rumi's Because I Cannot Sleep

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Poetry and Tea

In this unique video series produced and created by PHI, artists freely explore the interplay between rhymes and sounds, sharing a quiet moment of introspection with us.

He sees hip-hop as a bridge between East and West, an art that can bring about social change. That’s why rapper, activist, actor, and producer Narcy—born Yassin Alsalman—teaches hip-hop at Concordia University. This musical insomniac has worked with Dave Chappelle and Spike Lee, has been nominated for a Juno award for his video R.E.D. for A Tribe Called Red, and has done voice-over work for Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The poem he chose was by his spiritual master, Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet who wrote about insomnia and alienation, in the 13th century!

“Because I cannot sleep I make music at night.”


Excerpt read by Narcy

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