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Meet Egypt’s first Hijab wearing Rapper.
18-year-old Mayam Mahmoud shot to the limelight last year after making it to the semi finals of the talent show ‘Arab’s Got Talent’ where she rapped in arabic to Will.i.am’s Hall of Fame.
It’s not just the novelty of being a hijab wearing rapper though, Mahmoud uses her lyrics to rap about sexual harassment, second-class treatment of women, and societal expectations of how a young religious woman should behave.
In the BBC documentary, she says she uses rap as a means of expressing her views about women and empowerment and to draw the world’s attention to how women are portrayed and treated in some parts of the world.
Mahmoud started rapping from the tender age of 10 after developing a love for poetry and then rapping the lyrics.
Asked what people’s reactions are to what must be an usual phenomenon in the arab world, she says people do wonder and question why a girl in hijab is ‘shouting’ and ‘jumping’ around on stage.
“You only see my veil and jumping on stage and overlook what I’m singing about,” she says.
She also says that she hopes that she’s managed to encourage other Arab girls that wearing a hijab shouldn’t stop them from living their lives and reaching their potential.
Quite Inspirational stuff.
Watch it below