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Muslim Women Music Makers Tour

Muslim Women Music Makers Tour

Issue 57 June 2009

mwmmusic tour

Review by Tyrone Rana

mwmmusic – looks as though you’re almost trying to say mmmm music! However it stands for something a little more significant; muslim women music makers. mwmmusic is an international tour presenting the most innovative, ground breaking and cutting edge quality music which has been developed, produced, written and performed by muslim women. They range from a vast number of cultural backgrounds (from Danish to Pakistani, from German to Dutch and of course from within the UK), resulting in an impressive fusion of soulful, Eastern and hip hop sounds that just blows away the conventional images of muslim women clad in burkas and shooed into the background.

The performers themselves included Sarah Yaseen, a singer taught by her father. She is inspired by her faith and composes her own lyrics promoting love and peace. Then there is Bad Brya, born in Amsterdam. This Moroccan MC left the audience feeling uplifted. We also were entertained by Sarah Sayeed, a London based MC for the younger generation, whose vocal performances are mainly about female independence and political misdemeanours. Further performances were brought forward to us by Jasmin , a 19 year old Danish singer with Middle Eastern roots, who really showed the audience how East meets West in music. Then there was my favourite of the evening, Simona Abdalla. She was born in Germany to parents of Palestinian heritage. Simona is a self-taught player of the rather masculine Arab percussion instrument called the darbuka. She demonstrated to magnificent ability that women can do well in a man’s world! It was absolutely fascinating just watching her play, fusing together great western sounds (including house and techno) to more traditional Middle Eastern rhythms.

Overall, it was an enjoyable evening had by all. So if you want something that will open your eyes about muslim women performers, this is the one show to go and see!




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hussain

30 Jun 09, 02:22

You'll cry there are differences when it suits your liberal ways but never when it doesn't. We have islamic guidelines when it comes to differeing and excepting everthing your heart desires because some scholar somewhere may have said it isn't one of them. I have heard the above from yourselves many many times on the radio, press, internet etc. Your also confusing those who aren't fully aware of the music issue and will see it as ok because its in a muslim magazine run by practising muslim who are islamic work. You will be partly accounable for these people if they fall into what is wrong.

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hussain

30 Jun 09, 02:21

You'll cry there are differences when it suits your liberal ways but never when it doesn't. We have islamic guidelines when it comes to differeing and excepting everthing your heart desires because some scholar somewhere may have said it isn't one of them. I have heard the above from yourselves many many times on the radio, press, internet etc. Your also confusing those who aren't fully aware of the music issue and will see it as ok because its in a muslim magazine run by practising muslim who are islamic work. You will be partly accounable for these people if they fall into what is wrong.

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hussain

30 Jun 09, 02:07

cont. But I find the above and other articles you have on music hurtful, offensive and clearly a plain disregard for islam. I expect the typical reply from those who want want to make the haram halal. The kind of reply that may seem clever to some who are new to islam but anyone with some basic knowledge can see its flaws.

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hussain

30 Jun 09, 01:59

Not even 1% of islamic Scholars accept music as halal as far as I'm aware so why do you persist in promoting it and try to give it an islamic flavour. They do speak about its bad effects though. By music I mean any form of music whether accompanied by good or bad lyrics for those who will say it depends on the content. I know that there are a very limited few who have allowed music. You wouldn't accept less than 1% opinion on any other issue so why accept this. To me this is disrespectful to all the muslims who love music but for the sake of Allah refrain from it and disrespect to the scholars who have written about its evils regardless of the lyrics. Now you have women singing and playing instruments well do I need to say more. The scholars have allowed singing only at certain times like weddings, eid etc and the use of the duff only. I have never met or heard of anybody who listened to more music than myself and I am told that I have an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music.

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