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Outlandish performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Brøndby Strand, 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 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]

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".[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]



  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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