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June 10, 2008 13:55 ET

MAS Youth 'Voices For Change' Concert Tour Brings Positive Music and Messages to Orange County Youth

- Tour will empower and inspire young people while offering a night of entertainment with no controversial lyrics, no profanity, and no references to drugs, alcohol, or violence - Award-winning hip-hop band Outlandish to headline concert - Local band Project 26 (selected by organizers via competition) to open for headliner based on band's positive messages in their music

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Outlandish (Sony/BMG), a popular award-winning European hip-hop band that promotes positive messages to youth in their music will debut in the USA, and headline the MAS Youth concert tour in Anaheim on June 21.

The concert, which is billed as the 'Voices For Change' tour, will make a stop at Anaheim's Heritage Forum. The tour is scheduled to visit six cities across the United States including Tampa, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Anaheim and Dallas.

According to Omar Atia, Vice President of MAS Youth, "MAS Youth's goal with this tour is to promote positive messaging to American youth while empowering them with the knowledge that they have options of making good choices and that they can be instrumental in making positive changes in their lives as well as others in their communities."

Headlining the concert will be Outlandish, a European hip-hop trio consisting of three longtime friends, two Muslims and one Christian. The content and lyrics of their songs are written to remind people of their potential and convey positive messages about life and self-fulfillment.

"MAS Youth selected Outlandish to headline the tour due to the band's amazing live energy, positive messaging in their music and ability to reach out to fans of all ages and backgrounds," said Atia.

Outlandish, which is signed to the Sony/BMG label, has gained a reputation in the music industry as a group which creates music with a positive message, motivating lyrics and clean music/videos devoid of any references to sex, drugs or negative language. Outlandish's hip-hop/R&B/soul music sound takes influences from their various backgrounds (Moroccan/Arab/Amazigh, Pakistani/Punjabi and Latin American), and although their songs are primarily in English, they usually feature lyrics in Spanish, Urdu/Punjabi, Danish, and Arabic.

According to Outlandish band member Waqas Ali Qadri, "This concert tour is one which we genuinely believe will make a great impact on those in attendance. We love playing live and equally love sharing our message of understanding and equality."

Opening for Outlandish will be Project 26, a Muslim alternative rock band from Corona, California, who won through a regional competition that was staged earlier in the spring. Project 26 beat out 9 other local bands for the opener spot. They were selected based on several criteria including their music's positive messages and originality.

"Although MAS Youth is a Muslim youth organization, our goal is to help young people no matter what their religious background, achieve their goals and create opportunities that they can feel inspired and proud to share with others. We believe this concert is a step in the right direction." Said Atia.

Tickets for the 'Voice For Change' Concert at the Heritage Forum are available online at or via

Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $60, $100. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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