By Mark LeVine
“We play heavy steel simply because our lives are heavy metal.”
—Reda Zine, one of many founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene
“Music is the weapon of the future.”
An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. a tender Lebanese singer who prices Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” they're as consultant of the realm of Islam this present day because the conservatives and extremists we see each evening at the information. Heavy steel, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are every one the song of protest, and in lots of situations thought of immoral within the Muslim international. This tune can also grow to be the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding throughout that international.
Why, regardless of governmental makes an attempt to regulate and censor them, do those musicians and enthusiasts continue enjoying and listening? in part, in fact, for the enjoyment of self-expression, but in addition simply because, during this area, every little thing is political. In Heavy steel Islam, Mark LeVine explores the effect of Western tune at the heart East via interviews with musicians and lovers, introducing us younger Muslims suffering to reconcile their faith with a keenness for track and a hope for switch. the result's a revealing travel of latest Islamic tradition in the course of the evolving tune scene within the center East and northern Africa. Heavy steel Islam is a shocking, wildly unique foray right into a traditionally authoritarian sector the place song simply will be the real democratizing strength.