“Hip Hop Hijabis”: Catching Up with Muneera of Poetic Pilgrimage

The women of Poetic Pilgrimage.  Via MySpace.

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 … [Read more...]

Why I Sing

This post was written by guest contributor Yasmin N. Ali.The sounds of violin spun around an increasingly frenzied melody of sitar, tabla and the loud, confident vocals of the lead singer.  He danced and spun around his band mates, all of whom were jumping to the steady beats pouring from the drummer.  The result was electrifying.That was two years ago, at one of my first concerts.  That first wave of real, live music had hit me in the gut.  I stayed rooted in one spot and danced at the s … [Read more...]

Talking with “Hip Hop Hijabis” Filmmaker Mette Reitzel

Poetic Pilgrimage performing. [Source].

Who comes to mind when hip hop and Islam are mentioned in the same sentence? Maybe hip hop and rap icons like Lupe Fiasco or Napoleon. The music genre and the religion have a long and intimate history; however, how many female artists come to mind?In the U.K., a duo of women called Poetic Pilgrimage has been mixing their Jamaican culture, their politics and their Islam into the fabrics of England’s music scene. Made up of Sukina Abdul Noor and Muneera Rashida, the pair’s stories as two young … [Read more...]

“Islamists Do Not Want Anyone To Sing”

Khaira Arby. Image via Nomanis.

Mali is a country well known for its strong musical traditions. In a country where music is viewed as part of a cultural heritage, it is especially used as a means through which history is recorded. Music is considered to be Mali's “greatest and most important export product”. It is also a tool of resistance. While most of Mali's popular musicians have been from the southern part of the country, northern Mali holds up as its own. A few of Mali's most renowned musicians are from the North, and thi … [Read more...]

Ridiculing Boko Haram Where It Hurts

Still from the "Sexin' Islamic Girls" music video.  Image via GhanaNdwom.com.

Editor's Note: Please join me in welcoming Anike, MMW's newest contributor!  You may know her better from her blog as "cosmic yoruba."  We're thrilled to have Anike join the MMW team.It is still quite rare to come across depictions of Muslim women in “mainstream” Ghanaian or Nigerian media. (By “mainstream”, I am referring to media available in English or pidgin as opposed to those targeting specific audiences and done in local languages.) When the rare West African Muslim woman pops up on s … [Read more...]

In the Name of Honour: The Free Aafia Siddiqui Campaign in South Africa

Justice for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Earlier this year, South African Muslim media was abuzz with the story of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, an American-educated Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist who was convicted and sentenced to 86 years in prison for assault with intent to murder her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan. The media campaign served to raise awareness about Siddiqui’s alleged abuse at the hands of the U.S justice system, and to assert her complete innocence. Her story is a difficult one, spanning the vastness of two continents … [Read more...]

Hey Girl, You Got It Covered

Let's try for a little less of this...

The ladies of MMW recieved a link to this video on Twitter. For the videophobes and those who don't want their brain to melt and leak out of their ears, it is a song apparently about hijab called “You Got it Covered.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNAs771kWGY&feature=youtu.beA sampling of the lyrics is as follows: “girl, you’re more than just some skin and a fashion trend”“you remind me that you’re more than just a pretty face/ you remind me that you’re more than just a pr … [Read more...]


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