Mecca (/ˈmɛkə/) or Makkah (Arabic:مكةMakkah) is a city in the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia. It is the capital of that kingdom's Makkah Region. The city is located 70km (43mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277m (909ft) above sea level. Its resident population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors more than triple this number every year during the hajj ("pilgrimage") period held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
As the birthplace of Muhammad and the site of Muhammad's first revelation of the Quran (specifically, a cave 3km (2mi) from Mecca), Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory for all able Muslims. Mecca is home to the Kaaba, by majority description Islam's holiest site, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer. Mecca was long ruled by Muhammad's descendants, the sharifs, acting either as independent rulers or as vassals to larger polities. It was conquered by Ibn Saud in 1925. In its modern period, Mecca has seen tremendous expansion in size and infrastructure, home to structures such as the Abraj Al Bait, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, the world's third tallest building and the building with the largest amount of floor area. During this expansion, Mecca has lost some historical structures and archaeological sites, such as the Ajyad Fortress. Today, more than 15 million Muslims visit Mecca annually, including several million during the few days of the Hajj. As a result, Mecca has become one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the Muslim world, despite the fact that non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the city.
Keen Cotter better known by his stage name Mecca or Young Mecca, is a St. Lucian Hip Hop artist and songwriter. Growing up on the island, he was one of the brave to defy norms and to move towards a more urban musical art form despite the dominance of other genres like Soca and Calypso. Part of his early popularity arose from his performances at stage shows opening for regional and international acts.
Early life and career beginnings
Mecca was born Keen Cotter on July 22, 1983. He grew up in the southern fishing village of Laborie, St. Lucia and While in secondary school, Mecca began to pursue a music career. He started off by performing dancehall tracks by Red Rat and then moved on to hip hop tracks by Puff Daddy, Mase and Biggie Smalls. He was invited to perform alongside toasting champion Dj Grinch and this led to a healthy songwriting relationship for a few years. Mecca's first original single and release was "Punk Daddy" in 1998.
2001-02: Riddim Rydez
Teaming up with fellow Laborian artist Shepp Dawg, the duo formed Rhymaz Inc and released two mixtapes within six months - Riddim Rydez Vol. 1 & 2. These mixtapes allowed for Mecca and Shepp to open for Elephant Man, Wayne Marshall, Kyprich and Assassin.
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The country’s director of religious affairs, who previously created a stir by saying homosexuality brings disease and was defended by PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan when he came under criticism, said he would take legal action. The Kaaba in Mecca is the holiest site in Islam with believers across the world praying in its direction ...The... .
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The dangers lying in the legal gray zone between political speech and incitement to violence are anything but theoretical ... “The United States today is basically the Mecca of white supremacist ideologues,” Soufan says ... From a legal standpoint, this would not be easy.
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