VIPER RECORDS PRESIDENT & RECORDING ARTIST IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE WALKS THE WALK. RETURNS FROM SUCCESSFUL ORPHANAGE-BUILDING MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

VIPER RECORDS PRESIDENT & RECORDING ARTIST IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE WALKS THE WALK. RETURNS FROM SUCCESSFUL ORPHANAGE-BUILDING MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

Rapper Immortal Technique, known for his hugely influential underground albums Revolutionary V. 1, Revolutionary V.2 and The 3rd World, has just returned to the US from a two week voyage to Afghanistan where he personally participated in opening of the Amin Institute. A dream he helped to fruition by doing a number of benefit concerts and donating his own money. The Amin Institute, opened in conjunction with San Francisco based OMEID International, will serve the children of Afghanistan as an orphanage, school and medical facility.

While in Afghanistan, Immortal Technique helped with final construction on the institute, procured supplies, hired staff and spread the word. The opening ceremony took place and the first students were enrolled. During his time in Kabul, he stayed in both a safe house and the home of retired Afghan military officer, giving him further insight into the inner-workings of the country. Of the people of Afghanistan, Immortal Technique says, “If you are a visitor, they will treat you like one of their own and more…they are some of the humbled and more respectful people I have ever come across. You have to admire their resilience of their spirit fighting again and again [against the Soviets, Taliban and Al Qaeda] to retain their independence and identity. I hope the operations there are handled with extreme care and respect for the sovereignty of the nation. If the situation worsens, and the people of Afghanistan are fully turned against the United States, it will not be a winnable war.”

Traveling to Afghanistan and not merely throwing money at the cause is a testament to the type of individual Immortal Technique is. More than just a rapper, he is a Revolutionary thinker and a man of action who isn’t afraid to literally make change happen with his own hands. The subject matter of his music ranges from introspective and historically poised, to violent and painful. His work as a philanthropist mirrors his inspiring work as an artist, not afraid to ruffle feathers and go a step further than what is deemed safe. His experiences will be documented in a movie he is producing with filmmaker C. Stuart who accompanied him to Afghanistan.

Viper Records Ltd. was founded in 1998 as a Revolutionary label whose sole purpose was to release material with social relevance which otherwise might not get to market. Through music, they hope to promote what is most important to all of us: knowledge, culture, struggle, peace, respect for all, personal responsibility, and a sincere desire to help move this civilization forward into the 21st century.

Immortal Technique joins a small group of artists who have shown such a commitment to having an affect on the world around them. His work with Omeid International to open the Amin Institute continues this tradition. When an artist is willing to literally risk his own life for a philanthropic and Revolutionary cause he believes in, instead of just giving out toys for the cameras – there is no better way to embody that principle.

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