Mohammed Yahya Interview
WHAT'S UP MOHAMED YAHYA??
Peace be with you, I'm really excited about the new stuff I'm currently recording and the European and African shows I should be doing very soon by the will of God.
YOU WAS IN A BAND CALLED THE BLIND ALPHABETZ, WHICH YOU ARE NO LONGER A PART OF. DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS??
No I truly believe that everything that happens is by the power of my creator so the fact that we split up must have been for a reason. Since the spilt up of Blind Alphabetz I have achieved a lot in such as short space of time and i feel more focused than ever.
YOU ARE A MUSLIM. WERE YOU BORN A MUSLIM OR DID YOU CONVERT AND WHY IF YOU DID SO?
I converted to Islam about 3 and a half yrs ago after travelling to West Africa and seeing how Islam when applied in our daily life?s can bring the solution to so many problems we have in society, such as poverty, racism, the relationship we have with our parents, partners, nature and our fellow human beings its more than a religion, it's a complete way of life.
BEING SUCH A HANDSOME GENTLEMAN YOU MUST GET ALOT OF FEMALE ATTENTION, HOW D'YOU DEAL WITH THE INSANELY HORNEY BRITISH FEMALES?
I'm a married man to a wonderful woman who respects me, appreciates my art form and is supportive 100% and that keeps me grounded at all times plus the fact that my religion clearly states how i should interact with women is also something that i find helpful.
OUR MOLES TELL US YOU CAME UP IN THE STREETS. WHAT TYPE OF THINGS DID YOU ENCOUNTER?
I had to move from the country I was born which was Mozambique at the age of 1 due to intense civil war; I've lived in the worst council estates in Portugal, where I would see crime a daily basis. A lot of people around me couldn't deal with stress so they turned to alcohol and drugs, when I was 5 I walked in on my uncle injecting heroine on himself. He is now dead.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YA MUSIC STYLE, TASTE, AND INFLUENCES.
I listen to a wide range of music from Underground Portuguese Hip Hop to Traditional African music, I grew up listening to a lot of traditional African music, back then it wasn't seen as a trendy movement called world music it was just people like myself expressing some of their struggles in a language and dialect that they spoke.
DO YOU THINK BRITISH URBAN MUSIC WILL EVER BECOME AS SUCCSESSFULL AS OUR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS?
I'm not sure, British artist have the potential to be as successful as American artists, I have heard a lot of music coming from UK that is equally as good if not better but I believe more money is pumped into urban music is U.S. personally, I don't tend to see my music as British music I see my music as just music, I don't like to box myself especially because my first language is Portuguese and I also rap in Portuguese.
FOR THOSE WHOM DON'T KNOW YOU, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YA MUSICAL HISTORY AND WHAT YOU DID BEFORE NOW, MUSIC-WISE.
I've recently released album called Luvolution alongside Iron Braydz, on the Album we collaborated with Dead Prez, Sean Price, Kyza, Fallacy, etc. I have also had the privilege to open up for artists such as Saigon, Guru, and record with musicians from Angola, Mexico, and Brazil recently.
NAME 5 PEOPLE WHOM SERIOUSLY NEED TO EVALUATE THE WAY THEY CONDUCT THEMSELVES.
I this present moment I don't watch what others are doing wrong, it is too energy consuming and I rather focus on how to improve myself as i person.
NAME 5 PEOPLE [ALIVE OR DEAD] WHO CONDUCTED THEMSELVES IN ACCORDANCE TO WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND AS PEACEFUL.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be with him), Jesus (peace be with him), Moses (peace be with him), and all the other prophets of God.
NAME THREE PLACES YOU WOULD LOVE TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE.
1. Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
3. Timbuktu (Mali)