Ismael Lea South
|Ismael Lea South|
|Birth name||Lea South|
28 May 1973 |
Willesden, Brent, London, England
|Labels||Crescent Moon Media|
South was in Willesden, London, England. Both his parents are from Jamaica, his father came to the United Kingdom in the late 1950s and his mother in the early 1960s. He was brought up as a Christian.
South attended South Kilburn High School and studied marketing at London College of Communication. He started writing lyrics at school. He later joined an underground group Strictly Business with Gee and Mic Check One. They were later signed by an underground recording label. He converted to Islam in this process and left due to artistic content disagreements.
South met Rakin Fetuga in Hyde Park's Speakers' Corner and then later at a Muslim event in Westminster University. After working together in an aromatherapy business, Rakin and him formed the group Mecca2Medina in 1996.
He has co-hosted and managed the urban stages at the Islam Expo in Olympia and the Global Peace and Unity Event in ExCeL Exhibition Centre. He co-hosts Islam Channel's urban show Brother's in the Deen.
In 2006, South co-founded The Salam Project with Rakin Fetuga, which organises urban Islamic events and initiatives. He organises Muslim Hip hop and comedy events such as the Muslim Hip Hop Summit. He also co-founded of TSP Urban Youth.
He also works as a consultant in Islamic urban projects in the Muslim community and is a learning mentor at Bright Futures Consulting. He is currently working on Crescent Moon Media recording label.
In April 2008, South got married. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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