|Jahan Yousaf, Rain Man + Yasmine Yousaf= Krewella|
Now, I don't talk on behalf of every Muslim's upbringing and personal experiences but I know that I adored drama at school which my teachers encouraged me to progress further, yet not my family. Instead I struggled (and failed) through science lessons trying to kid myself and mostly my parents that I was destined to end up in the medicine field. I was never allowed to go on a sleepover, didn't have my first mobile phone until I was 16 and even if I so much glanced at someone of the opposite sex, you best believe you didn't want to know what happened. A strict upbringing which was coupled with my family holding dearly on to the South Asian perspective of family 'reputation' and 'success'. They didn't know any better, whilst I craved expressing my creativity which I didn't know how to until the age of 18. So how did these two Krewella girls hovering on and around the same age group as me find their expression of freedom at such an early age?
|The sisters are redefining Pakistani role models.|
Going back to their Pakistani upbringing- endearingly, the sisters aren't shy to address it. They mention how people are usually shocked when they mention where they are from as they don't expect such types of musicians to be from a country that is usually engulfed in negativity. That is true. Even though, I look more 'Pakistani' than Jahan and Yasmine, people expect me to act in a certain way, say certain things and have certain dreams. I don't. Yet, I carry my Pakistani flag with humble pride like the sisters- who are doing a fantastic job in showing the world that there's more to us Pakistani girls than good grades, dreams of becoming a doctor and an arranged marriage.
Let me know what you think of their music!