World Music Showcase #7

I have been meaning to do this forever. I mean, I’ve been wanting to give you another World Music Showcase forever, but especially, I’ve wanted to tell you about this band:

OUTLANDISH

One of my favorite bands, ever. They are a truly international trio, described in Wikipedia as such:

“Outlandish are a multi-award winning hip-hop group based in Denmark. Formed in 1997, they consist of Isam Bachiri (born in Denmark and of Moroccan background), Waqas Ali Qadri (born in Denmark and of Pakistani background), and Lenny Martinez (born in Honduras and is of Cuban and Honduran descent). All three members are devoutly religious, Isam and Waqas being Muslims, and Lenny being Catholic.”

That pretty much sums it up. Their music is a combination of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and plain old good stuff. The lyrics of their songs deal with issues ranging from the destruction of war to gratitude to God, to equality in marriage, to giving thanks for the little things in life.

My favorite song of theirs is “Any Given Time,” but followed closely by the popular “Callin’ U”, which takes its melody from Amr Diab’s “Tamally Maak” (another artist to be featured in World Music Showcase), and which received wide radio play both here in the Middle East as well in Europe. And of course, there’s the classic, the song that introduced me both to Outlandish as well as to one of my top 5 artists of all time, Cheb Khaled (who sang the original“Aicha”.

Outlandish is one of few bands that I see today who are actually trying to send a message with their music, and whose very existence is based on an effort to bring our inceasingly-divided worlds together. I always say that music can bring people together in a way, crossing borders, crossing continents, in a way that nothing else can, and Outlandish is proof positive of that. Enjoy!

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