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Outlandish performing in 2009
Background information
OriginBrøndby Strand, Denmark
Years active1997–2017
LabelsSony Music Entertainment
RCA Victor Europe
Associated actsNative Deen, Sami Yusuf, Seven8Six, Mintman
MembersWaqas 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]


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 Sports game, 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]


Outlandish has been criticized because of the group's relationship with Islam and Islamic rules of conduct. In 2006 the group's two Muslim members, Isam Bachiri and Waqas Qadri, refuted to be on the scene with the Norwegian singer Herborg Kråkevik on the ground that she had bare shoulders, so the female singer was removed. The group's press officer justified the decision that it "is part of their religion", and Outlandish received duly criticism from the Danish society over the group's Muslim members' view on women.[9][10]

In 2007, the group was criticized for taking part in an Islamic event in Canada where phrases like "the homosexuals should be punished with death" and "the Jews will encounter their demise" appeared.[11] The group rejected the allegations.[12]


The group disbanded in 2017 as each member wanted to pursue personal projects.[13]



  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][permanent dead link] Details of "Evening Of Inspiration 2008" at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2007-11-18. Sample of Isam B on Native Deen's new album (track 4).
  9. ^ https://www.bt.dk/underholdning/outlandish-fjerner-kvinde-med-noegne-skuldre
  10. ^ http://nyheder.tv2.dk/nyheder/article.php/outlandish-st%C3%B8dt-af-n%C3%B8gne-skuldre
  11. ^ https://www.bt.dk/underholdning/outlandish-medlemmer-sang-for-ekstremister
  12. ^ http://gaffa.dk/nyhed/8875
  13. ^ "Outlandish". Facebook. Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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