- 6 years ago
Playing tracks by
Fatima Al Qadiri.
FACT, like all magazines, has been known to make outlandish claims at times, but trust us when we say you won’t hear another mix like this any time soon.
Ayshay (Arabic for “whatever”) is the alias of Fatima Al Qadiri. Based in New York, but born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, her debut EP Warn-U (on Tri Angle) was one of 2011’s most unique and unsettling records.
Inspired by Sunni and Shiite Muslim worship songs, Warn-U is built 100% from Al Qadiri’s own voice, re-pitched and manipulated to mimic everything from century-old ghosts to Autotune chart pop. Mainstream Western pop and Muslim religion and culture are two key constants in Al Qadiri’s frame of reference.
Her mix is dedicated to the Fade to Mind crew, Dave Quam, Azizaman and DJ Rashad and Spinn’s Ghettoteknitianz clique. That, combined with the rest of this intro, might make you think you know what you’re getting into – traditional Muslim song, ballroom house and footwork. Trust us, that’s not even half of it.