A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with director of the documentary film “Hip Hop Hijabis,” Mette Reitzel, who followed the lives of UK-based hip hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage.
Poetic Pilgrimage consists of two Muslim convert women, Tanya Muneera Williams and Sukina Owen-Douglas, who have shaken the U.K hip hop scene. Combining their rapping and singing skills, these two women manage to beautifully intertwine their faith with their Jamaican culture and love for hip hop. To these women, there exists no contradiction in their faith and their journey as musicians.
I managed to ask Muneera some questions through email about her thoughts on the upcoming documentary, her relationship with Sukina, some challenges within the hip hop scene, and intertwining culture with Islam.