Kareem Salama had what he called a “very traditional American upbringing” in Oklahoma. His Egyptian parents, both engineers, migrated to the US in the late 1960s; he grew up in quintessential smalltown America where kids played outside till late at night and went to football games on Friday nights.
“Very much like what you see on TV,” he said, speaking with a very distinct Southern twang. And country music was very much a part of the background music. It was like crickets, he said. You always hear it.
Today, Kareem is best known as the first American-Muslim country music singer, winning fans around the world over with his strong, distinctive vocals and thoughtful song writing.
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