Mus­lim hip-hop duo wins hearts

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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.

Staff re­porter

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