Source: Mid-Missouri Public Radio
By KIERRAN PETERSEN
10 Muslim musicians you should already be listening to
That was my first reaction last week, after I heard about Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Really though. What would my country look like if we turned Muslims away at the border? As someone who understands the world through pop culture, a few famous names came to mind.
First off, we would have to say goodbye to sports legends like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. Malcolm X woud be absent from our history books. We wouldn’t have Aziz Ansari, who was raised as a Muslim. Or Dave Chappelle.
Oh, yeah, and no Zayn Malik. Yeah, you heard me right One Direction fans.
Malik is far from the only musician we would have to listen to from afar. That list is sprawling, and includes names like Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson — among many others.
Here, then, is a guide to a few Muslim musicians based in the US (OK, and Canada, we cheated) who you should be listening to. Some may be familiar faces: