For the first time ever, Awakening Records - the biggest Islamic record label worldwide - is bringing together all their artists for one night to perform at HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London. The night will feature multi-platinum award winning musician Maher Zain; Raef, whose Islamic cover songs of Chris Brown With You, Rebecca Black's Friday, Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror and others have gone viral in the past six months; Irfan Makki, Canadian singer/songwriter; Hamza Namira described by some as "voice of the Arab Spring" and others.
The concert, taking place on 14 April, will aim to raise awareness of the plight of orphans around the world and all proceeds will go to Save an Orphan.
What makes Awakening different as a record label is the way they have coalesced modern music with spiritually uplifting songs - it therefore has a universal appeal. While their artists - especially Maher Zain - have done particularly well in Islamic countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East; many young western Muslims have taken to the music, too.
"The music is catchy. The lyrics have meaning and some form of Islamic message and knowledge which I feel I learn from," says Ejeh Nas, 20, a university student based in London. says.
"I listen to Awakening's artists, especially Maher Zain because I like his lyrics and because his music is easy to understand," says Omar Ahmed, 16, another student from London.
It will be the first time Raef will be visiting London and he thinks the event will be unmissable, he says: "It's going to be totally awesome. In terms of attendees, it is going to be a phenomenal event not just because of the cause - although the cause is wonderful, I can't think of a better cause - but also in terms of the line up, all of us, Awakening's artists together. There will be a wide range of music."
Zain, having just released his second album, Forgive Me, will be headlining the show with songs from his new record. Like Raef, it is the first time Zain will be performing in London and, in the same way his music has suffused much of the Islamic world, his music has the potential to do the same in the West. The universality of his music is highlighted not just in the many languages Zain sings in but also in his song One Big Family, a track about the urgent need for world unity.
You can buy tickets for the event here.
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