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Outlandish performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Brøndby Strand, Denmark
Genres Hip-hop
Years active 1997–2017
Labels Sony Music Entertainment
RCA Victor Europe
Associated acts Native Deen, Sami Yusuf, Seven8Six, Mintman
Members Waqas Ali Qadri
Isam Bachiri
Lenny Martinez

Outlandish was 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 (da) (born in Denmark and of Pakistani background), and Lenny Martinez (da) (born in Honduras and of Cuban and Honduran descent). All three members are religious, with Isam and Waqas being Muslims and Lenny being Catholic. The group disbanded in 2017 as each member wanted to pursue personal projects.[1]

Early life[edit]

The group started out in the early 90's. Initially the music was a creative blend of hip hop and folk, whilst maintaining influences from the backgrounds of the members.


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.[2]

"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 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.[3] "Guantanamo" also made a strong impression on the European charts.[4]

Their single "Kom Igen" is featured on EA's FIFA 07.

Sound of a Rebel, Outlandish's fifth album was released on 11 May 2009. Its first single was "Rock All Day".[5]

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.[6]

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."[7]

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.[8]


The group disbanded in 2017 as each member wanted to pursue personal projects.[9]



  1. ^ "Outlandish". Facebook. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2](Korean)
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ [3] Outlandish released a new single.
  6. ^ [4] Concert for peace in Darfur.
  7. ^ [5] Details of "Evening Of Inspiration 2008" at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  8. ^ [6] Sample of Isam B on Native Deen's new album (track 4).
  9. ^ "Outlandish". Facebook. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 

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