Muslim hip-hop duo wins hearts
There is no rest for Britain’s first Muslim hip-hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage. Since starring in a documentary earlier this year, the London-based pair, dubbed the “hip-hop hijabis”, have been performing nonstop.
If they are not performing throughout Europe, they are making their mark in the Caribbean and the US.
Muneera Williams, one of the band members, told the UK’s Independent newspaper: “We’ve been doing a lot of performances around the country and abroad. We went to Belgium, then America and did a residency in Chicago. We went to Sweden not too long ago.”
Williams (35) and her sister Sukina Owen-Douglas are Jamaicans, but were born and bred in Bristol in the UK. They converted to Islam 10 years ago.
The duo used its latest performances to unite people in Europe and end Islamophobia, reported the Independent.
“We are Muslim, Caribbean, British, Londoners, Bristolians – we’re a tapestry of things. It will come out in our music,” Williams said.
“The hip-hop community has always been supportive of us, especially in Europe and America. There is misogyny in hip-hop, but no more than in society in general.
“They like anyone who is good – they’re inclusive, not exclusive. We don’t do it for entertainment, but as a form of enrichment for ourselves and our communities,” Williams said.