On Sunday afternoon in the Performance Theatre a variety of Urban Muslim youth artists performed on the management of Mecca 2 Medina. I got a chance to support their performances with some motivation, saying that the youth in their poetry, rap an e d hip-hop are addressing the issues that the imams are not dealing with in the masjid. Performers like Masikah (Iconoclast) demonstrated that the spittin’ gets deeper when the rapper has a deeper and doper knowledge of Islam.
There was an overflow audience for the Urban Youth Music stage, something that organizers need to note. I was surprised that many of the artists were not Black, but many like Arabinji (Carib-Indian background), a Pakistani youth singer as well as young sister like Pearls of Islam were powerful voices dawah. Many of the performers were sporting the Just Muslim gear (justmuslim.co.uk), check them out!
I challenged the artist to study, make dawah and innovate in this new medium. I continue to challenge rappers, hip-hopper and musicians to create for Islam what Bob Marley did for Rastafarianism. Dig That!
Muhammad Yahya (myspace.com/mohammedyahya) and Poetic Pilgrimage hooked up with us for dinner later. They had performed at the Rice Festival that day to a crowd of over 10,000. M. Yahya has an interfaith band with a Jewish brother on guitar/bass. They really are saying something – positive – just by being, learning and performing together. I have got to catch their show next time.