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Akon on Islam and music

Senegalese rapper Akon, who is a practising Muslim, talked extensively about his faith before his performance at Morocco’s Mawazine Festival on Wednesday, June 3:

“I was born a Muslim and depending on what part of Senegal you came from, music was considered haram and there has always been a debate about Islam and music. 137 more words

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Hip-hop and Ramadan: Rappers who may be fasting right now

I have already pointed out to Muslim faithfuls out there who may still want to nod their heads to some hip hop beats during Ramadan that there are some halal hip hop songs that could help (read more… 579 more words

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History of hip hop in Nigeria

The emergence of the musical form dates back to the 1980’s when Ibrahim Salim Omari, a member of American rap group, the Sugar Hill Gang came to Nigeria on exile. 496 more words

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Hip hop in Ramadan...a music advisory!

Hip hop and Ramadan! Any correlation? I bet you will say no, especially if you are staunch Muslim.

Music is one of the hotbeds of discussion among Islamic scholars the world over. 300 more words

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So Lil Wayne signed with Jay Z...?

According to a CNN report, Lil Wayne has signed with Jay Z. Who saw that coming?

“I just signed a deal with my motherf–king idol, Jay Z,” said the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, as he took the stage at KMEL Summer Jam. 168 more words

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Success For Don't Steal Possible Movement

The Don’t Steal Possible campaign, organized by Families for Excellent Schools, continues to make noise. After hosting “Think Possible” workshops with esteemed photographer, Jonathan Mannion and weather anchor, Al Roker, members of Team Possible headed to the New York State Capitol at Albany, New York on Wednesday (March 4) to rally for a better education system. 313 more words

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Mary’s London Sessions: The Evolution of a Queen

A few weeks ago, my sister/friend Tracey and I were discussing Beyoncé. I wouldn’t call us die-hard Beyoncé fans – we don’t follow her every move and we’re not a part of the Beyhive, but we do appreciate her overall talent. 996 more words

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