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Five (and a bit) Questions with… Mohammed Yahya

24 February 2017 | Amal Team

I guess the role of an artist is ultimately to create art, art that is true to them and their personal story.

 

1.Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mohammed Yahya, and I’m a bilingual Rapper/ Spoken Word Artist/ Educator based in London. I was born in Mozambique, South East Africa, raised in Portugal until I was 10, then moved to London where I currently reside.

2. Do you think an artist has a particular role or responsibility in the world?

I guess the role of an artist is ultimately to create art, art that is true to them and their personal story.

3. How do you see your role?

Some artists such as myself also strongly feel that we have a responsibility to use our artistic platform to address issues related to social justice, education and community cohesion but I wouldn’t impose this personal view on other artists.

4. Does identity play a role in your creative craft, and if so how?

My art is very personal and connected to my identity. I’m an African living in the diaspora, a refugee who was inspired by my father’s ambition to give me better opportunities than he had, a Muslim convert living in a vibrant multicultural city. All these experiences influence my art.

In terms of music, I’m influenced by a variety of musicians, from Bob Marley to Fela Kuti and Michael Jackson. These amazing individuals used their talent to address serious issues, including race, social injustice and promoting a healthier society that protects our planet.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given over the course of your career?

It may sound corny but it’s true: be true to yourself and become the best version of you, since everyone else is taken.

A bit more…

Where’s your favourite place to see art?

I don’t have a favourite place to see art as I feel that I’m literally surrounded by it, from colourful visual art sprayed across busy cities to the most discreet art created by Allah (God) through nature.

 

You can see Mohammed Yahya in our Amal teaser video along with several other artists. Find out more about them here:

Alia Al Zougbi – www.aliaalzougbi.com

George Butler – www.georgebutler.org

Batool Abbas – www.cargocollective.com/batoolabbas

Sanaa Hamid – www.ronakbahaar.com

Nasreen Raja – www.instagram.com/nasreenraja

Ruh Al Alam – www.ruhalalam.com

Mohammed Yahya – www.facebook.com/MohammedYahya

May Robertson – www.mayrobertson.co.uk

Salahuddin Mazhary – www.instagram.com/adventuresinfashionistan

Alton Letto – www.twitter.com/altonletto

Thahmina Haseen – www.goldentiffin.co

Maab Adams – www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK_G-h1uep8

 

 

 

Meet Our 2018/2019 Partners

On 7 October 2019, we had the pleasure of hosting Amal partners from the 22 arts and culture projects we have supported since launching our programme in August 2018.

From London to Bradford

We’ve spent the Summer visiting Amal-supported projects in locations across the UK. Up next are two of our partners presenting their work in London and Bradford.

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