Born in Mozambique, Mohammed Yahya is an activist, artist, poet and events organiser who tells his story of migration through music. As a result of the Mozambique Civil War, Mohammed was forced to flee his country at a young age and move to Portugal. He later moved to London, where he joined forces with Hip Hop groups such as Geneva Konvention and M.U.M.M.Y.A’S before forming the duo Blind Alphabetz with Iron Braydz.
In 2008 Mohammad Yahya decided to pursue a solo career and dedicate more of his time to artistic activism. He has since founded the Rebel Muzik Arts foundation and created the UK’s first Muslim and Jewish Hip Hop collective.
Mohammad collaborated with Counterpoints Arts in 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week. Mohammad and Native Sun were the supporting acts of a performance by Lowkey, a renowned UK Hip Hop artist and activist.
In addition to this, Mohammed co-curated a compilation album Stimela that was released on World Refugee Day 2018. Stimela is the Zulu word for train, a symbol of migration and life’s journey more generally. Featuring artists in solidarity with refugees as well as artists with a refugee background themselves, Stimela celebrates empathy, activism, solidarity and humanity.
Stimela also features the song Escape from Yarl’s Wood, a song commissioned by Counterpoints Arts and performed by Mohammed Yahya, Lowkey and EbsilJaz. This song can be found here.
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