New Muslim Cool

Don’t miss the premiere of New Muslim Cool, airing June 23rd on PBS as part of the POV series. There’s a trailer to get you started, and an interview with the filmmaker on AltMuslim. Via TalkIslam.

Pop Shuvit Reads BGP

Some time ago, I wrote an appreciation of the traditional Malay music form of Dikir Barat and it’s similarity to hip-hop. By way of contrast, I made some generally derogatory comments about Malaysian rap music, singling out the group that was freshest in my mind, Pop Shuvit. (Or were they? I may in fact have… More Pop Shuvit Reads BGP

Better than Hip-Hop

A little while ago, the Malaysian Music Awards were on TV. At the moment I tuned in, the winners for the Rap category were being introduced. Pop Shuvit, they call themselves. I cringed to see these jokers come on stage with their pants sagging, jewerly blinging and hair done up in cornrolls. They rap in… More Better than Hip-Hop