Watch this video. Just beautiful.
Unbelievable history. Two Turkish Muslims work for a Jewish man and bridge America’s racial divide through music. All That Jazz (at the Turkish Embassy) | Talking Points Memo. “As teenagers, both Ertegun boys had a passion for jazz music and became friends with many of the city’s musicians,” Ambassador Tan said. “In fact, just around the corner [from the Howard Theatre], Ahmet and his brother worked at a store, ‘Waxi Maxi’ with Max Silverman, the owner. It was out of this store that Ahmet began selling albums from his collection of thousands of jazz and blues records. When they closed…
Peter Murphy, of Bauhaus (the band, not the architectural movement), is Muslim. Shahed told me on Twitter, but I didn’t believe. I am so sorry Shahed. You speak the truth. My entire anti-religious, rebellious adolescence was spent listening to a Muslim musician. Go figure. Music
A Diplomatic Mission of Muslim Hip-Hop – NYTimes.com. But Native Deen’s faith places it in the history of American hip-hop more generally. Pioneering hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa and Wu-Tang Clan have demonstrated in their lyrics the pervasive influence of Islam in black America. Even when rappers are not themselves Muslim, Dr. Abdul Khabeer said, many borrow ideas and terminology from orthodox Islam and from Muslim-identified groups, like the Nation of Islam and the Five-Percent Nation.