Fareed El Boricua Arabe - 10 Questions Music Interview
Fareed also known as El Boricua Arabe & El Boricua De La Bachata was a founding member of the legendary Freestyle Group Spirit Matter. Born to parents Abdelkrim Abdallah Senior and Ramona Abdallah Reyes of Moroccan and Puerto Rican descent, in Hell's Kitchen New York City, Fareed's successful career spans over 30 years as a recording artist, promoter (Lyrics at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe) rapper, singer/songwriter and poet.
Fareed started his music career as a member of the Hip Hop Crew Future Force along with Andrew Welsh, John Lindsey and Louis Sharpe a.k.a K7 of TKA/K7, at the world famous Roxy Nite Club, as the opening act for the Legendary Hip Hop group The Cold Crush Brothers on August 19th 1983. The Roxy performance opened up the door of opportunity for Fareed to record demo tapes with Full Force and Cultjam.
Fareed El Boricua Arabe is one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice.
What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street?
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about?
After the hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico I was inspired to write One. As in my opinion i thought that the US government should have sent faster relief. We need World Unity.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
Inspiration and emotion hits and i go into creative mode.
Who are your major music influences?
Michael Jackson, Phil Collins Robert Smith of The Cure and James Brown.
When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart?
Yes. We are now a global community and in order for humanity to survive and co-exist we must try to be as One.
How did you get started in music?
As a child i listened to a diverse mix of genres from Funk to Rock to Disco then fell in love with Hip Hop and Freestyle. Started writing Raps & songs and was part of various groups. Future Force Death City Boyz then Spirit Matter before reinventing myself as a solo Pop Latin Urban artist now known as Fareed El Boricua Arabe.
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why?
A song titled The World because I originally wrote it in Spanish El Mundo from my debut Latin album Love & Tears. The World was released on Urban Tek Volume One. A message to this dying world of separatism.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song?
Yes music is universal. My favorite social.justice song was We Are The World written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson
What’s coming up in the future?
More music and more creative music videos. My goal is to ignore the rules and just create great music no matter the genre.
Tell us where fans can access your music?