Meet Gisele Marie: A burqa-clad heavy metal musician

Published: September 23, 2015
42-year-old Muslim has been fronting her brothers' band 'Spectrus' since 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

42-year-old Muslim has been fronting her brothers' band 'Spectrus' since 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

It’s a site out of the ordinary but it’s true. Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman who wears a burqa, has been fronting her brothers’ band Spectrus since 2012.

She is the granddaughter of German Catholics, and converted to Islam several months after her father passed away in 2009.

She plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


“People do not expect to see a Muslim woman who uses a Burqa, practices the religion properly and is a professional guitarist who plays in a Heavy Metal band, so many people are shocked by it,” said Gisele.


“But other people are curious and find it interesting, and others think that it is cool, but definitely, many people are shocked,” she added.


This woman broken all stereotypes people hold of women in burqas. She plays the lead guitar in the band and continues to surprise people with her skills.






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Reader Comments (12)

  • Arsal Naqvi
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:50AM

    She is making the fun of Burqa :/ . this is not good . Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 23, 2015 - 12:16PM

    @Areal Naqvi: Burqa is merely a covering ( and a pre-Islamic one at that), not an item to be revered !Recommend

  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Sep 23, 2015 - 1:21PM

    It just to catch people(Media’s) attention…Recommend

  • Zain
    Sep 23, 2015 - 3:39PM

    Plz publish this…

    Playing a guitar while wearing a burqa is far better than not wearing a burqa. We all have weaknesses and need a way to express ourselves. This is her way. It’s ok, and I am sure she knows, as a believer where the boundaries lie and I am sure she knows her eventual direction. The rest is in ALLAH’s hands. Muslims should not condemn her. Recommend

  • Khurram Khan
    Sep 23, 2015 - 5:03PM

    Whether this is making fun of the Burqa or not – whether the Burqa is islamic or pre-islamic – whether it subjugates women or liberates them – people please this debate is old and never-ending. Is it not time; that we let people wear or not wear whatever they want and choose or not choose whatever ever vocation they want.Recommend

  • KhalidS
    Sep 23, 2015 - 7:50PM

    This is ridiculous. Recommend

  • Saira Khan
    Sep 23, 2015 - 9:17PM

    Why is this ridiculous? Did she break any Islamic law? Please tell. Or is it that you are afraid you might be attracted to her, or that one of your slave females would be tempted to do the same? Please let women breathe. Thanks. Recommend

  • John
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:37PM

    The band is called SPECTRUS, not Spectrum.

  • Zuhair
    Sep 24, 2015 - 2:04AM

    Wow. Bravo to this lady she is sending so many messages:
    To the western world: For her the Burqa is a dress of her choice that she exercises as a moslem woman and not an imposition by fear or subjugation as commonly believed. She can be anyone / a talented artist / rockstar / homemaker and her wearing the Burqa should have no play in that.
    To those who think the Burqa is not cool: She can be cool and happening even in the Burqa
    At the end of the day its what she can deliver i.e. her talent that matters and not the way she dresses.
    To the Moslem stereotypes: They should be proud of herRecommend

  • Dee
    Sep 26, 2015 - 9:06AM

    So if a woman wears burqa and wants to be in a band it means she’s making fun of burqa?Recommend

  • hafsa
    Nov 13, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Personally I think you are an utter disgrace to our faith. Go back to the religion of your ancestors. Because of people like you Allah sends his wrath. I could be very graphic with my language regarding you but all I have to say is you no Muslim you are kafirRecommend

  • hafsa
    Nov 13, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Islam is not a joke this woman is ridiculing hijab. Some of you might condemn what she’s doing than you should question your imaan. Islam is pure and a good way of life. We don’t listen to music and there is a very good reason for that. She needs to go back to the religion of her ancestors cos there is no place for people like her in islam. And yes i am judging her. It’s because we keep silent and look the other way that’s why this ummah is in shambles. To her I would like to say take your nikaab off and get ready for jahannam. And as for the rest of you if you agree with her then be prepared to join her in jahannam cos u no better than she is. She’s a kafir ND that’s all I have to sayRecommend

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