Rapper Signmark raises the roof at the UN to promote disability rights

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 Visitors to the UN on Tuesday were treated to a performance by Finnish rapper Signmark who uses the power of music to help change attitudes towards the deaf and people with disabilities

The rapper, who is deaf, performed in support of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Brandon Bauer raps alongside Signmark, who created his sign language-based hip hop style in 2006:

 "The first time I met him I was a little, you know, sketchy about the whole concept myself because for me, I've done music for a long time. But hearing that a deaf man is making hip hop music it sounds somehow very interesting. For the first time I realized sign language could be integrated into hip hop and it seemed very natural."

 Signmark, whose real name is Marko Vuoriheimo, is the first deaf person to get a record deal. 

He is signed with Warner Music and his latest album is entitled 'Breaking the Rules.'

(Duration: 18 secs)

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