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Germany Gets Rid Of Its Top Music Prize After Anti-Semitism Controversy

Controversial hip-hop duo Farid Bang (left) and Kollegah, performing at this year’s Echo Awards show in Berlin on April 12.

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Controversial hip-hop duo Farid Bang (left) and Kollegah, performing at this year’s Echo Awards show in Berlin on April 12.

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

This month, the German music industry has been forced to reckon with accusations of anti-Semitism after a controversial rap duo, Kollegah (Felix Blume) and Farid Bang (Farid El Abellaoui), won the best hip-hop album award at the Echo prizes, the country’s top music award, on April 12. Lyrics on the duo’s winning album include boasts that their bodies are “more defined than Auschwitz prisoners” and that they will “make another Holocaust, show up with a

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/04/25/605640064/germany-gets-rid-of-its-top-music-prize-after-anti-semitism-controversy

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