Artists

SHAAM

 

shaamSHAAM came together in late 1997 seeking to present and re-interpret traditional Islamic songs known as nasheeds - a genre that originates from the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

These spiritually uplifting songs seek to praise Allah and His final Messenger. They are distinguished by their emphasis upon vocals and percussion only, with stringed and wind instruments being shunned in deference to orthodox Islamic precepts. It is this style of song that SHAAM have mastered over the past few years.

The group, composed of Haroon Bashir, Mahmood Norris, Yasin Alam and Imran Bashir - all young men from Birmingham, England - took their name from the place that had inspired them: Syria (in Arabic, Shaam).

 

All had at some stage or another studied and visited Damascus and there had come into contact with groups who would sing timeless nasheeds with moving lyrics, accompanied by the rousing and intricate beating of the duff, a traditional one-sided hand drum. Though having been taught this art by some of the best teachers, alongside studies in more formal Islamic subjects, the idea of forming their own group was not an obvious one. It was only the encouragement of learned people, family and friends, who, impressed at their grasp of this unique, mainly Arabic art by non-Arabs, pushed them to sing live. So what started out as a tentative foursome gradually evolved into a confident polished quartet. It was therefore no surprise to see, in a short period of time, how popular SHAAM became as a live act touring around the British Isles performing at weddings, celebrations and events.

Presenting themselves as heirs of this unique, ancient Islamic art, SHAAM have sought to make nasheeds accessible to young and old, and, mindful of the fact that the majority of their audiences do not understand Arabic, have added Urdu and English nasheeds to their large repertoire of songs. Their stirring renditions, coupled with exquisite drumming, have led to invitations to perform in countries as far afield as the USA, Syria and Pakistan. It is no exaggeration to say hundreds of thousands have witnessed the mastery of SHAAM live and the group considers itself fortunate to count the likes of Prince Charles amongst its many admirers.

Despite hundreds of performances and many albums, SHAAM's passion for their art remains as strong as ever as they strive to make Islamic devotional songs widely accessible in a variety of languages and styles, some old and some new. Yet all the while they are aware that they are carriers of weighty words with yet weightier meaning.

In 2005 SHAAM became an independent Artist and opened their own recording studio “5th Voice Studios” and re established their record label SHAAM Productions Ltd to manage the release of their work and to develop future talent.

Nasheeds that remind and above all else bear witness to the majesty of Allah Most High and the culmination of His religion, Islam, through the last and greatest of his Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

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Khaleel Muahmmad

 

khaleelKhaleel is one of the most established artists in the nasheed industry whose soulful voice and dynamic stage performance have made him an internationally known performer. With performances in Germany, Sweden, Brussels, the USA, South Africa, France and Malaysia, Khaleel has produced four excellent videos, three albums ‘Heaven’, ‘Dhikr of Life’ and ‘The Adventures of Hakim:2’ which feature a wealth of his fellow nasheed artists.


Most recently, Khaleel has appeared at the GPU, Islam Expo and Eid in the Square celebrations and also collaborated, as well as co-wrote, the 'Feed the World, Feed The Fasting' charity song for Muslim Aid. The song and its captivating video have gone on to raise thousands of pounds for needy Muslims around the world.

Khaleel is presently working on his new album ‘Classics’ a collection of classic Somali, Bengali, Urdu and modern English traditional naats and songs. The album will be voice only.
Khaleel is the heavy weight champion of Nasheeds!

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Muslim Belal

 

muslim belalMuslim Belal "The Street Muaddhin" grew up in south London with his Jamaican mother and spent his youth mixed up in gang culture. He converted to Islam in 2002!  The former rapper has spent the past year touring the country delivering his story "From The Streets 2 Islam" In a unique poetic style, which will leave you inspired and amazed.

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Manaqib

 

Manaqib is a UK based Nasheed group dedicated to the revival of the traditional art of devotional singing - Inshad. Their influences are Eastern and focus on the natural voice and daff genre of music. Their songs are sung in Arabic and English, based on classical Islamic poetry, dedicated to celebrating the glory of Allah and the perfection of His Prophet, peace be upon him.

The sound of Manaqib provides an alternative to the contemporary nashid scene, as it is based on popular, classical tunes, sung in a natural style.

Manaqib have released 2 albums, 'The Muhammadan Ode' and 'From God's Beauty', and a book & 2CD set, 'The Barzanji Mawlid'. They have 2 forthcoming albums next year (www.manaqib.com)

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Ahmed Bostan

 

ahmad bostonAhmad Bostan Al-Qadri is 15 years of age and registered blind. He has worked voluntarily in the media industry for the past 3 years. He began his career presenting and producing a radio show for young people on a local community radio station by the name of Unity FM, he then went on to present his current radio show ‘Friday Night Fusion’ the new sound of Great Britain. This is Unity FM’s only weekly current affairs programme discussing and debating local, national and international issues affecting the community.

He also presents a TV show on NOOR TV discussing youth issues and regularly participates in Charity appeals on Radio & TV. He is also actively involved in the community as Vice Chair of Sandwell Youth Parliament.