Maher Zain has gifted the world with a captivating fusion of East and West that has resonated with audiences across the globe. With music videos topping 1.8 billion views, this icon’s reach in the Islamic music genre is amplified by his call for unity on emotive tracks such as One Big Family.
Maher Zain world ensemble
Inner Circle Entertainment now presents this brilliant performer in a showcase titled Maher Zain Live in Cape Town, at Artscape Opera House in Cape Town on Friday, 26 October and Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 8.15pm.
The Swedish singer/songwriter will be accompanied by the 45-piece Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips.
The concerts will also see Maher Zain fronting his own ensemble, featuring musicians from Egypt, Spain, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK.
“Following our collaboration with Inner Circle Entertainment in the Symphony of Ghazal two years ago, we are delighted to perform with Maher Zain”, says CPO CEO Louis Heyneman. “Showcasing international musicians such as Maher Zain meets the CPO’s goal to expand its reach beyond symphony concerts, opera, ballet, musicals and school concerts to meeting new audiences in cross-over concerts that appeal to a wider spectrum of communities”.
Facebook most popular Muslim artist
Mention the name of this Lebanese-born R&B hit-maker, and one thinks huge numbers. Maher is the most popular Muslim artist on Facebook and the most viewed Muslim artist on YouTube. His Top 5 YouTube videos have clocked up extraordinary traffic – YaNabi Salam Alayka (Arabic) has been viewed 174 million times; Number One For Me has had 87 million views; Insha Allah 76 million views; For The Rest Of My Life 40 million and The Chosen One 28 million views!
Understandably, the singer is viewed as a major influencer on social media. He currently has 26.1 million fans on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MaherZain), 1.7 million followers on Twitter (http://twitter.com/MaherZain) and 3.9 million followers on Instagram (http://instagram.com/maherzainofficial).
Says Zain on his Cape Town shows: “I am delighted that my label Awakening Records have partnered with Inner Circle Entertainment for me to perform in Cape Town. I have had the pleasure of seeing the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in concert and it is my honour to have them perform my music with me. This is a unique and world-first collaboration for me and I am so happy that I will share it for the first time with the wonderful audiences in beautiful Cape Town. ”
The ‘Awakening’ of charismatic Maher Zain
The superstar worked with RedOne (Akon, Lady Gaga), but later chose to make music that reflects his European, Arab and Muslim roots. In early 2009, he left the New York music production scene, and moved to the Awakening Records record label in the UK.
The Islamic superstar then released three albums with Awakening Records – Thank You Allah, Forgive Me and One. His Thank You Allah debut became a multi-platinum success, reaching Number 1 on Amazon’s World Music charts, Number 8 on the R&B charts, and was certified platinum by Warner Music Malaysia and Sony Music Indonesia – making it the highest selling album in Malaysia in the last decade.
Maher Zain One duets
In 2012 his Forgive Me release picked up 25 platinum awards, with album sales clocking the highest figures in South East Asia that year – exceeding Adele, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. Fans were then well-rewarded with his third album, 2016’s One, which featured 15 tracks in English and Arabic and included duets with pop stars Mustafa Ceceli from Turkey and Atif Aslam from Pakistan.
Maher sings mainly in English but, has also released some of his most popular songs in other languages. These include Insha Allah, which is available in English, French, Arabic, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian versions. Another composition, Allahi Allah Kiya Karo (Continuously Saying Allah), is sung in Urdu and also features Pakistan-born Canadian singer Irfan Makki.
The upcoming tour of this Islamic superstar expands Inner Circle Entertainment’s philosophy of ‘shifting the context of musical expression’. Maher Zain’s visit to South Africa now sees him embrace us into his One Big Family.
More Cape Town live music: https://weekendspecial.co.za/whats-on-in-cape-town-music-diary/
What: Maher Zain Cape Town
Maher Zain tour dates Cape Town: Friday, 26 October, Saturday, 27 October 2018, 8.15pm, Artscape Opera House, 8.15pm
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