A playlist to inspire & ground

Like many, I am more conscious about my auditory intake during Ramadan. I want to surround myself with positivity and reminders of the Divine. I largely move away from music and replace it with listening to Quranic recitation. Sometimes I like to change it up and add some wholesome tracks to the mix.

I have a playlist of nasheeds (if you would allow that term some flexibility) I’ve been adding to it over the years and have recently found myself sharing this playlist with a number of individuals, so I thought I’d share it…

Grafitti piece by akid1.com, @akid_one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Walk the streets of almost any city in the world and you will see the influences of Hip Hop culture. A recent exhibit at the White Box gallery in Kuala Lumpur curated by local graffiti artists, was one of the artistic highlights of my time in Malaysia. The pieces featured included murals, skateboards, playing cards, portraits, tags, and more.

While much of the graffiti in Kuala Lumpur is hidden away under subway lines and at industrial sites, this show brought much of the beauty of the graffiti movement here to light. Check out the pieces from the show below and follow all of these talented artists on Instagram.

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