Thursday, October 20, 2005

TURKEY: US MUSLIM HIPHOP BAND WOWS AUDIENCES

Istanbul, 20 Oct. (AKI) - The tour by the first US Islamic hip-hop band ‘Native Deen’ has captured large audiences in secular but Muslim Turkey and triggered debate on the role of music within Islam. The members of the group, Naeem Muhammad, Abdul-Malik Ahmed and Joshua Salaam, are all American-born and black. They performed last weekend at Yedikule Dungeons, a historical site used now as a concert venue. Thousands of youngsters, including many girls with headscarves attended the event.

With their traditional ‘Islamic’ dress group members use only two drums and a synthesizer, and although the three man group avoids dancing on stage, audiences at Yedikule simply couldn’t keep still.

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