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Hatim Belyamani (HAT)

Event: New York Peace Talks 2019
Location: Salesforce Tower
Date: 11/12/2019

Hatim Belyamani – aka HAT – started Peace Talks with an improvised remix entirely derived from traditional music videos shot by his non-profit arts organization, Remix ⟷ Culture. He shared his stories of how trust begins with an openness and curiosity about the other, and how it moves into a relationship build upon fairness and respect. In his own words, “Trust-building takes time. We developed very strong bonds, deep love and mutual respect – not only between us and them, but among themselves.” He closed the talk by sharing one of the best compliments he has ever received: “This is so human!”

New York Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Salesforce Tower on December 11, 2019.


Hatim Belyamani (HAT)

Since 2012, Hatim Belyamani – aka HAT – unites artists in an ever-evolving audio-visual dance between traditional music and digital remix art. In his one-of-a-kind live show, HAT is as an orchestra conductor from the future, beaming traditional musicians from the four corners of the world onto a big screen, and shaping them harmoniously into new electro beats.
Growing up in Morocco, surrounded by sounds of the country’s Arabic, Amazigh, and Sub-Saharan African origins, Hatim was an award-winning classical pianist and guitarist before finding his voice in electronic music. In 2012, inspired to celebrate his roots, Hatim founded Remix ⟷ Culture, a non-profit organization that bridges cultural divides through the transformative power of music, film, and remix. Hatim and his team traverse the globe, capturing the sights and sounds of underrepresented musical traditions, which they share for free online under a Creative Commons license. HAT’s performances are a live remixing of these videos, seamlessly blending the traditional with the experimental – acoustic trance with electronic dance – connecting his audiences to distant cultures in a unique audio-visual journey.