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Sufi Rapper: The Spiritual Journey of Abd Al Malik (New)
by Malik, Abd al
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
Book ID: 9781594772788, 1594772789
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“In our Western world where ‘street culture’ has become a religion unto itself, Abd al Malik’s journey from ghetto gangster seduced by fundamentalist Islam to happily married Sufi poet resonates like a vibrant call, shattering our clichés and prejudices. Social divides are but a hallucination. Everything can be reconciled and reconnected. This Sufi rapper may not be a wise man or a saint--just a punk whose soul cracked open, like most of the great masters--but his voice is a wake-up call reminding us that the path starts anywhere and always ends up in the same place: in Love.” -- Marianne Costa, co-author with Alejandro Jodorowsky of The Way of Tarot
As a poor black resident in one of the notorious French banlieues (the ghettos surrounding French cities), Abd al Malik had every chance of meeting the same fate as many of his peers: drug addiction, prison, and/or an early grave. Despite his initial youthful involvement in the endemic crime that was routine in his neighborhood, his keen intelligence won him admission to some of the most prestigious schools in Strasbourg. His dual life as honor student/pickpocket ended when he converted to Islam, where again his intellect and sensitivity prevented him from entering the hate-filled spiral promoted by the fundamentalists. His distaste for the hatred they preached in the madrassas and his love of music led him to Moroccan Sufi master Sidi Hamza al Qadiri al Butchichi, whose message of universal love and joy now animates the rap songs of this prizewinning composer and performer.
As the singer says in his Ode to Love:
“To love the other whatever the cost and lead the battle against yourself
In my chest the treasure of the just is buried
If there is enough for one let’s share it, there is enough for all.”
Born Régis Fayette-Mikano in 1975, ABD AL MALIK formed the rap group New African Poets in the early 1990s. Following his successful career with them, he released two solo recordings, the most recent of which, Gibraltar, has garnered a number of awards, including the Prix Constantin. He is the recipient of the prestigious Victoire de la Musique award for the best male artist of the year and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award. He also appears on Moby’s 2008 album, Last Night. Abd al Malik lives in France with his wife, the R&B singer Wallen, and their son.
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