Skip to comments.Somali hip hop artists hit back at Islamists with rap
Posted on 04/10/2010 11:23:17 PM PDT by myknowledge
NAIROBI, April 9 For centuries, Somalis used poetry and songs to pass protest messages to powerful rulers they were too afraid to confront directly.
Now, some young Somalis are using rap to speak out against Islamists who they say are using religion to wage war in their country.
The 11-member Waayaha Cusub band, currently in exile in neighbouring Kenya, wants its rap lyrics to encourage fellow Somalis to stand up to Islamist rebels known as al Shabaab.
They have handed out at least 7,000 free copies of their newly-released album titled No To Al Shabaab to residents in Nairobis Eastleigh neighbourhood, home to many Somali migrants.
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An armed militant from Somalias Hizbul Islam rebel group maintains order during a demonstration against the presence of the African Union peacekeepers on the outskirts of Mogadishu on Feb 12, 2010.
Al-Shabaab cannot keep a subjugated Somali populace under their grip for long - hip-hop has emboldened the Somali youth to rise up against the ruling Islamic government.
That’s pretty brave of them considering listening to music can be a death sentence.
Thanks for posting this My Knowledge.
Not just listening to music, but composing music, especially of the hip-hop genre, is a death sentence Somali youth are emboldened to defy.
Rap radical Islam on the head enough and maybe it will die.
Yes, you’re right on that.
you don’t know rap
To quote a very famous lady... Yep! :)
You know her too, do you?
Ditto THAT! :-)
Sleep well, Cindy...very well.
You sleep well too, Brad’s Gramma,
(I know I will because my back in aching from all the planting today.)
A blessed Lord’s Day to you and I’ll be over on the chapel thread to post within an hour or two.
Note to self:
Add to the “Dry Hump” file.
Machine guns trump music.
Not so for the energetic and vibrant Somali youth.
Just kidding. In our film, "Rockin' the Wall," we've been interviewing American rockers---Doors, Toto, Vanilla Fudge, Billy Joel, etc.---and we delve into this notion of the "power of music," and whether music can break through some of this Islamist crap.
Somewhat true, somewhat not. In the Cold War, the Reagan administration officials told us that funding ROCK via Voice of America was crucial to undermining the Soviet system. I’m not downplaying Star Wars or Reagan’s military buildup at all; but I am saying that there is another side, and Gorbachev once said that “rock brought down the wall.” Sure, he didn’t want to give Reagan credit, but you’d be surprised how many people we’ve interviewed behind the Iron Curtain whose hopes were kept alive by music, particularly rock and jazz.
Heavy Metal Islam
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