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Outlandish performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Brøndby, Københavns Amt, Denmark
Genres Hip-hop
Years active 1997–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment
RCA Victor Europe
Associated acts Native Deen, Sami Yusuf, Seven8Six, Mintman
Members Waqas Ali Qadri
Isam Bachiri
Lenny Martinez

Outlandish is a hip-hop music group based in Denmark. Formed in 1997, it consists of Isam Bachiri (born in Denmark and of Moroccan background), Waqas Ali Qadri (born in Denmark and of Pakistani background), and Lenny Martinez (born in Honduras and of Cuban and Honduran descent). All three members are religious, with Isam and Waqas being Muslims and Lenny being Catholic.


Their first single "Pacific to Pacific" was used in connection with an Amnesty International charity event. Next came the single "Saturday Night", a song that was later included on the soundtrack for the Danish film Pizza King.[1]

The singles from their second album made a bigger impact on the international music charts, including their cover version of Khaled's "Aïcha", which was a #1 hit in Germany and received a lot of airplay across Asia, especially in South Korea.[2] "Guantanamo" also made a strong impression on the European charts.[3]

Sound of a Rebel, Outlandish's fifth album was released on May 11, 2009. Its first single was "Rock All Day".[4]

Appearances and activities[edit]

Isam Bachiri of Outlandish

The band supported Sami Yusuf along with other nasheed artists at the "Concert for Peace in Darfur" held at Wembley Arena in 2007 in order to raise money for the families of genocide victims in the region.[5]

The trio has participated in the Evening of Inspiration concerts (in aid of Islamic Relief charity) since 2006 and most recently participated in the 2008 concert which also featured Seven8Six, Raihan and Kareem Salama amongst fellow performers."[6]

Isam Bachiri features on the single "Still Strong" on Native Deen's album, Not Afraid To Stand Alone.[7]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2](Korean)
  3. ^ "Outlandish - Guantanamo @ Top40-Charts.com - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  4. ^ [3] Outlandish released a new single.
  5. ^ [4] Concert for peace in Darfur.
  6. ^ [5] Details of "Evening Of Inspiration 2008" at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  7. ^ [6] Sample of Isam B on Native Deen's new album (track 4).

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