The time of female empowerment is now and it’s only growing stronger with artists like Ms Mohammed taking no prisoners. Not one to stand by as the ignorance of the world tries to drown the oppressed, the Goddess-like musician is done with excuses in her new EP, Alibi. The lead track of the same name is an entrancing swirling vortex of punk rock that can be compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks.
Watch the music video for ‘Alibi’ here: https://vimeo.com/211671013
Born in Trinidad of South Asian descent Ms Mohammed’s music has an exotic magnetism and powerful message, especially for those who don’t want to listen. After some time preforming under the name Dana Jade, Ms Mohammed has reverted back to her given surname and is on a quest to defeat xenophobia and Islamophobia with no apologises. Using a combination of her music, live performances and political activism to destroy the pre-conceptions about race, gender and sexuality.
In 2013 Ms Mohammed founded the Clit Rock movement as a way of speaking out against the horrific issue of female genital mutilation. A rising idol, Ms Mohammed is also a supporter of LGBT rights as well as religious and cultural tolerance. More than a musician Ms Mohammed is exactly the kind of person to represent such issues. Due to her understanding and passion concerning such issues as well as her talent to address them in such a creative and effective way. Supporting Ms Mohammed’s musical career is just one step forward in fighting against these issues. Not only is Ms Mohammed a pioneer in controversial issues but her music is also undeniably brilliant.
‘Alibi’ is an exhilarating musical experience that paints images of rich velvet corridors that will lead you to Ms Mohammed’s lair. A lair where her High Priestess persona waits to enrich your understanding and challenge your naïve views. ‘Alibi’ holds the same allure as the music of Grace Jones and has an essence of Eartha Kitt. The music of the track speaks just as loudly as the lyrics as the powerful guitar playing and primal drum beat breaks through to the very core and instantly catches your attention. The sound of the song isn’t a happy, campfire ‘we should all just be friends’ cop out but a raw and unforgiving combination of punk and indie rock. The creativity to limit the lyrics of the song drive home the message of not being oppressed but also never backing down. The song’s stand against oppression doesn’t become lost in overly complicated words or obscure metaphors. The straight forward and simple words of the track could be quoted in any activist statement conveying the same message.
The visual representation of the music video could be played without the music and the message would still ring loud and clear. The minimalistic music video contains motifs and representations of breaking out against the oppression forcefully placed. The colour contrast of Ms Mohammed’s red costume to the white of the protagonists’ puts forth the message that she is not trying to be perfect. She is not claiming she has never done wrong because in life that is just impossible but she is owning her past and making it her own, not allowing the people within the music video to take this from her. Truly a creative and thought out piece that is in return thought provoking and draws attention to the ugly truth we continue to live in.
A reminder of the ongoing fight for equal rights and representation, Alibi is out now and proves to be only step one in Ms Mohammed’s plan to cleanse the world of prejudice.
Review by Skye W. Winwood