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Monday, July 11, 2011

Punk Country’s Sunny Ali & The Kid Summons Pakistani Roots


Abdullah Saeed and Hassan Malik do not shy away from ruffling feathers with their music.

The two comprise the band Sunny Ali and the Kid, and their laid back, some say irreverent, treatment of topics –from women who wear head coverings to the heroin problem in Pakistan — has provoked some negative response from Muslims.

Saeed and Malik were born in the U.S. to Pakistani parents and have been influenced by the punk Islam movement, Taqwacore, based on a movie that depicts a number of Muslim 20-somethings living in one house, experimenting with drugs, skateboarding and punk music.

Hassan Malik told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that they don’t want to encourage young people to drink or use drugs, they believe punk is about being honest and open.

“Punk is just being brutally honest to yourself  and to the world,” Malik said, referencing the Taqwacore punk Islam movement. “[Even] if that means you want to get tatoos and skate… it’s just the home for the Muslims that most traditional Muslims won’t accept.”

Guests:

  • Abdullah Saeed, drummer for Sunny Ali and the Kid
  • Hassan Malik, singer and guitarist for Sunny Ali and the Kid

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-Byrne/7957252 Shannon Byrne

    Never knew there was such a big “heroine” problem in Pakistan. 

    • Jryan Bur

      oops! Our mistake, thanks for pointing this out Brian and Shannon.- Jill Ryan, Here & Now

    • herryferry

      cheaper than a pack of fags in england

  • http://twitter.com/briankant Brian Kant

    I think you mean “heroin” not “heroine”. There are heroines in Pakistan, but I wouldn’t describe it as a problem.

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