100 under 40: The world’s most influential young Arabs
Sun 27 Mar 2016 07:37 AM
Yassin Alsalman
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Yassin Alsalman

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Actor, Musician, Journalist

Country: Canada (Iraq)

Age: 33

Yassin Alsalman is often most recognised for his role as
“Khalfan” in the 2009 multilingual Emirati film, ‘City of Life’, directed by
Ali F. Mostafa. But as well as an actor, he is a hip hop MC and journalist.

While he hails from Iraq, Alsalman was born in Dubai and
grew up between the UAE and Canada. In 2000, he settled in Montreal to work on
what he calls his true passion – music - where he is best known by his stage
name, The Narcicyst. In Canada he produced four albums in a local recording
studio - Fear of an Arab Planet, The Narcicyst, Mr. Asthmatic, and his latest
work, World War Free Now! (2015).

In January 2011, a single titled #Jan25, featuring Alsalman
and several other artists, was credited as having played an influential role in
the Egyptian revolution, which started on the 25th of January, 2011. The song
was an ode to Twitter and its role in giving a voice to the people of Egypt
during the revolution. Alsalman’s other successful singles include Fly Over
Egypt (2012) and Leap of Faith (2012).

The young journalist, also known as Narcy, once
co-taught a course on hip hop history at Concordia University.

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