Dancehall star Lisa Mercedez revealed how she is making great effort to ‘cover up more’ and ditch the skimpy outfits after reverting to Islam. The Jamaican-born rapper has celebrated the life change by releasing her new song, “Shahada,” just two months after reverting.
Lisa grew up in a Christian household in Jamaica and went to church every Sunday with her father. But sadly he died when Lisa was only 16, and she then moved to the UK the following year where she made friends with a large denomination of Muslim people.
Lisa’s reversion didn’t come out of the blue, as Lisa explained:
‘I was very nervous and on social media, a lot of people keep asking me, “Why did I revert?” and I just felt like I owed my fans to explain to them,’
‘I’ve been researching for a while now and I just feel that this is the right religion for me to draw closer to God. ‘I’ve been practising for a while and I’ve got a lot of friends who are Muslim. My best friend of 16 years has been helping me every day. ‘I didn’t just wake up one day and said it’s time for me to take my Shahada. The whole point is to get closer to God and I just feel this is the right path for me.
She added: ‘I just admire the religion so much where they pray five times a day. It’s just different so I knew this was the right religion for me.’
Lisa has worked with the likes of Vybz Kartel, toured with Nicki Minaj last year and, as a dancehall artist, is known for wearing scantily-clad outfits. While she intends to stay true to her dancehall sound, Lisa has made changes to her wardrobe.
The singer said: ‘I’m a dancehall artist and some fans are so nice and write in my DMs, “Allah will not judge you. Still, be yourself as long as your heart is pure”.
‘I do try my best to dress appropriately and cover up more and people can see on my Instagram that it’s a big change. I used to wear skimpy hot pants on-stage but I’m covering up more now. I’m wearing my headscarf where I can.’
I’m still learning, practising and trying to do the right I’ve just reverted, it’s going to take a while. I’m taking my time to get there,’ she added.
Although she’s been overwhelmed by the support from her fans, Lisa reveals she’s been subjected to death threats over the Shahada music video. The visuals open with music playing over a prayer open Koran which is haram, forbidden in Islam.
Addressing the backlash, Lisa said: ‘Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people like the song but there are so many people saying, “Why are you doing this to our religion?” Because you’re not meant to play music behind the prayer. ‘They keep creating fake accounts and saying, “I’m going to kill you”.’
‘I’ve got lots of Muslim friends and they love the song. They didn’t have a problem with it so I’m really confused at this point. ‘I’m still learning. It’s a learning process.’
The What A Night rapper ( https://youtu.be/6QEeUzfDBTg )
will now be taking part in Ramadan for the first time when it begins and said: ‘I’m excited. I can’t wait. ‘In Jamaica, I remember my dad used to fast and pray. It’s a thing that I’ve seen and even me myself, I sometimes don’t eat until 4 or 5 pm in the evening. It should be OK.’
Lisa Mercedez’ new song, Shahada, is out now and her EP is expected to arrive later this year.
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