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Poetic Pilgrimage

Poetic Pilgrimage
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Islamic hip hop
Years active 2002–present
Members Muneera Rashida
Sukina Abdul Noor

Poetic Pilgrimage is a British Muslim hip-hop duo founded in 2002. They express themselves through the art of rhyme, covering personal and social issues/themes whilst also working to ensure that they do not compromise their personal beliefs.

Background

Poetic Pilgrimage is made up of members Muneera Rashida and Sukina Abdul Noor. Both ladies are of the Afro-Caribbean background and converted to Islam in 2005.

Muneera Rashida and Sukina Abdul Noor were both born in Bristol to Jamaican parents, and have been performing together as Poetic Pilgrimage for 7 years now. The early part of their career saw them as favourites on the London poetry circuit where they performed alongside some of the biggest names often to standing ovations and they have become forerunners in the UK Muslim Hip Hop scene, bridging the gap between their community and the wider Hip Hop and music scene.

Biography

Sukina Abdul Noor: (born Yashima Douglas) holds a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature and Caribbean Studies from London Metropolitan University, she was also the editor of a Muslim Hip Hop magazine and hosts a lifestyle Show on Islam Channel. She organises a monthly Poetry event in West London and she has been conducting workshops for over one year. Sukina is married to Mohammed Yahya who is also a Spoken Word Artist / Rapper and is part of the band called Lines of Faith.

Muneera Rashida: (born Tanya Williams) holds a BA Degree from the University of Westminster in Creative Media Practice where her expertise lay in the field of Video Production and Film Studies. Muneera is also an event organiser where she mentors young upcoming artists giving career and performance advice. Muneera is also a youth mentor and has worked in various youth clubs.

History

Their intention is to make progressive Hip Hop music that fuses their African and Caribbean roots with their musical tastes such as Jazz, Afrobeat, Soul and beyond, providing a novel backdrop to their message of peace, unity, interfaith relations and freedom. They have travelled to various countries particularly Europe (and also hope to travel more frequently to Africa) where the spirit of Hip Hop still exists and have collaborated and worked with artists of the same genre but they also hope to fuse Hip Hop with more traditional sounds from countries such as Senegal, Mali and Morocco. Poetic Pilgrimage have already begun to realise this ambition of theirs by collaborating with musical artists of other faiths. November 2009 saw them collaborate and perform alongside Kavona, a Jewish musical band under the name of YALLA to produce sounds which fused Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Jewish folk music with lyrics in English, Arabic and Yiddish. November 2009 has also seen them perform in mainland Europe in Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK. They have also performed in the US. Poetic Pilgrimage are the first UK Artist to have performed at The International Trinity Festival Connecticut during their first American tour in March - April 2009.

In addition Poetic Pilgrimage are workshop facilitators and value the ability to teach Poetry and Hip Hop to a younger generation with the aim of being able to enable them change their realities, so they also incorporate their workshops with their music shows in the countries they travel to. Through their workshops they tackle various social issues and aim to counteract the negative impact of some of these using Hip Hop and Grime. As young Muslim women of African-Caribbean heritage they challenge stereotypes and inspire others to do the same.

Discography

Year Title
2009 Freedom Times
2010 Starwomen Mixtape
2011 Silence is Consent (with Mohammed Yahya)

Television appearances

  • BBC2: Desi DNA
  • ITV: "The Muslim Jesus". This documentary showed them performing "Modern Day Marys", which is a tribute to Muslim women likening them to Mary, mother of Jesus.
  • Al Jazeera: Everywoman
  • Norwegian National TV
  • Swedish National TV
  • Islam Channel: City Sisters, Behind the Veil
  • Press TV: Nexus

Press coverage

  1. New Nation
  2. Eastern Eye
  3. New Statesman:[1]
  4. Al-Ahram Weekly:[2]
  5. The Independent:[3]
  6. NRK (Norway):[4]
  7. Emel
  8. The Platform Magazine
  9. Hip Hop Connection
  10. Muslim Views

Radio appearances

References

External links

  • Myspace
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
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