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May 11, 2006 11:29 pm


HELP MAKE DEEYAH, THE MUSLIM MADONNA, A SUPERSTAR



We asked for moderate Muslims to stand up. Deeyah, a young singer born in Norway and living in the UK, is doing just that. The predictable result? Numerous death threats force her not only to cancel performances in Britain but to hire bodyguards.

"I can't walk around without bodyguards. I would be lying if I said abuse from religious fanatics did not upset or scare me," the 28-year-old, dubbed as the 'Muslim Madonna' was quoted by Contact music, as saying.

Asian music TV network B4U TV dropped the video after receiving complaints.

"We played the video a couple of times and then did not play it again. We had threats which we were forced to take very seriously. These things are sensitive issues," an employee said.

Apparently, Britain is no longer a safe heaven for moderate Muslims. But that does not mean this should permit them to curtail the career of this brave young woman.

Let's go bloggers, let's do something. Let's help make Deeyah a superstar. View, listen and post her political video "What Will It Be?" on your websites.

See Michelle for more. Andrew Sullivan also linked. Also, Jawa Report and Hugh Hughhewitt and the invaluable Egyptian Sandmonkey. In any case, she is on her way.

Here are the lyrics of "What Will It Be" by Deeyah:

From the land of the free to the jewel of the empire
Does the truth only come from the top of a holy man’s spire?
From three paces back, covered head to toe?
Are the rules just for the masses and written just for show?

(Pre chorus): Where the beat goes -- nobody knows
Where the street goes -- nobody knows

(Chorus): Do you stand up, lay down or follow?
What will it be?
Will it all be the same again tomorrow?
What will it be?
You can claim it but the words are hollow
Do you stand up, lay down or swallow?
What will it be?

(Verse 2): Thug life, street life - both sides of the world
Not a bit of glamour – no one listens to the words
Survival of the fittest – or maybe how you’re born
The kids bear the burden when there’s no shelter from the storm

(Pre chorus): Where the children go -- nobody knows
Where the money goes -- nobody KNOWS

(Chorus): Do you stand up, lay down or follow?
What will it be?
Will it all be the same again tomorrow?
What will it be?
You can claim it but the words are hollow
Do you stand up, lay down or swallow?

(Young MayLay Rap) We dont take it lightly when you threatinin women, how you have so much hate and faith in religion. Fake in the system, need to take a break wit the dissin, before you end up in the lake where they fishin. Hearin bout the Muslim Madona, Asian J Lo, lookin for drama (ok) if you say so. If you that religious and not wit trendy clothes, then what you doin even watchin videos.

(Chorus): Do you stand up, lay down or follow?
What will it be?
Will it all be the same again tomorrow?
What will it be?
You can claim it but the words are hollow
Do you stand up, lay down or swallow?
Do you stand up, lay down or follow?
What will it be?
Will it all be the same again tomorrow?
What will it be?
You can claim it but the words are hollow
Do you stand up, lay down or swallow?
WHAT WILL IT BE?



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