by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah
With the imprisonment of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky now entering its 11th month, the world at large primarily remains nowhere to be found on his plight and the cause to find justice for the Zaria Massacre victims. And this theme, SILENCE, whether from “The Ummah”, the “Palestine Solidarity Movement”, the “social justice activists”, the “Anti-Imperialists”, the African-American political “elites”, the “White Savior” liberals, the “Pro-Black” Jews and others, has been featured prominently in my own radio programs and writings since the criminal attacks on the Nigerian Shi’a and their sanctuary, Husseiniyah Baqiyatullah, during December 12-14 last year. But there is only so much that commentaries and podcasts can do.
Music on the other hand, is comparable to Aurora Borealis the way it engulfs the ears, like those Northern Lights indeed draping the sky with spectacular color and spreading out far and wide. And because I don’t even feel alive if I’m not on a microphone rhyming, I decided to pen a song, “Silence On The Sheikh”, to encapsulate the rage many of us feel for Sheikh Zakzaky and the Zaria Martyrs. Featured on the track are my Husseini brother Yusuf Abdul-Mateen, who is so smooth with the flow you’d swear he’s Swiss Alps chocolate, my dear homie Rafiqi Green who is angel-voiced and is so gifted on so many levels it’s just ridiculous, and lastly, but most certainly not least, my partner-in-rhyme Khanverse KV, whose lyrical ability is second to none on Earth. The joint is an Islamic outcry for unity and justice; a powerful salute to the work of light done by Sheikh Zakzaky for Muslims and humanity at large, as well as a categorical rejection of the factionalism and sectarianism that Empire Judaica has attempted to inject into our ranks. Shi’a, Sunni and Ahmadi standing together as one! We plan to drop “Silence On The Sheikh” next month to mark one year since Zakzaky’s arrest.
Also, I’m proud to announce that the VERY NEXT single off “Eternally Husseini” is going to be “Long Live Syria III (Our Backbone)”. As the final battle for Aleppo is heating up, my brilliant producer Iron Galaxy and I decided that our track for Bilad al-Sham is the perfect anthem joint for the occasion so we shall be releasing it some time in the next few days insha’ALLAH khair. Y’all are gonna flip when you hear it… TRUST! As for this breathtaking artwork? That’s none other than Intifada Street founder Mohammad Hamza, the most talented graphic artist this side of the universe. There’s more where these beauties came from too! Just wait for “Eternally Husseini” to be completed! Watch this space and brace yourselves for something otherworldly! #LongLiveLiveZakzaky #FreeZakzaky #LongLiveSyria