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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.

Early Life[edit]

"We started out as 3 friends back in the early 90's. We all shared the vision of being creative in one way or the other, we found a common passion which was music. We went through many phases to get to where we are today and are still evolving as musicians and as humans. We chose to call our style 'Life music' because that's what our music is about. To break it more down we do a blend of: hip hop, folk, soul and pop all mixed with a heavy doze of ethnic elements. We hail from 3 different continents so therefore you will hear some Latin, Arabic and Asian elements in Outlandish. Lyrically we touch a lot of topics from Love to Racism you can say that we are social realistic and we always talk about the society which shapes us all for the better and worse (Outlandish)."


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]

"Look Into My Eyes," The song's lyrics are based on a poem by Gihad Ali, a Palestinian who wrote the piece when she was a teenager; the poem expresses the plight of those suffering from America's foreign policy with regards to Israel and Palestine. The video is based around the fairy-tale Little Red Riding Hood. It portrays an Israeli soldier as the Wolf and the Palestinian girl, wearing a Kaffiyeh (Arab scarf), as Little Red Riding Hood. The music video was banned in the United States and Israel.

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]

Though this video was at that time made on a very limited budget, (Kom Igen), its till this day one of the best and most edgy. Shot the whole video in 1 day in a big barn. Isam's Malcolm X tee became quite famous. One of the band members in the back Shaka Loveless went on to become one of Denmarks biggest music artists.

Their club thumping single "Kom Igen" is featured on EA's FIFA 07. Closer Than Veins is the third album released in 2005. The album was critically acclaimed for its mature outlook and potent lyrics.

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]

Outlandish performed a live percussion version of "Look Into My Eyes" at the "Islamophobia" conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2006 which was hosted by the Islam Channel and included many theological and political speakers and community leaders.

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

Songwriting, Producing, Acting and Personal Life[edit]

Isam: Vocalist, Rapper, Producer. If Outlandish was a body, then Isam would certainly be the brain. He writes the majority of the hooks and always comes up with good topics for our songs. Creatively he has always had the overview of where Outlandish was and is headed. He has had a big hand in the videos that we do. The ideas and the scripts come from him, his best has definitely been "Walou" where he came up with the whole idea and also went to Morocco to follow the shootings. Isam has always been concerned of what happens around the world and doesn't feel afraid to speak his mind.

Waqas: Rapper, Producer. The heart in the group. Waqas is a sensitive person and a pleasant figure. He has endless ideas when it comes to producing which is his main thing. In the beginning, Waqas was known as the angry young rapper as he was aggressive in his style. Now he is a completely changed person and artist. Being married and having a son has had its effect on him and has made him more calm and humble in his lyrics, he doesn't feel shy to share his experiences he has written openly and honestly about the ups and downs of his arranged marriage, which has inspired many. One is never bored when in his company and he controls any crowd.

Lenny: Rapper, Producer. The legs and feet of the band. If Isam is the brain who controls which directions Outlandish is going, Lenny is the one who puts in the work of making things happen, besides being a tight Spanish rapper with always deep lyrics he is always on the case of all the people involved with Outlandish from management to the record company, he is the organised one who can always think and see things in advance, Lenny has a great insight in Latin music and we always go to him for inspiration as he was the one who came up with the idea of "I only ask of God."



  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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