The paper “ Maher Zain - Artist Background, the Album Thank You, Allah, Theme Analysis” is a well-turned example of a case study on music. The music world is ever-growing and with this growth comes some sense of universal inclusion. Artists from all walks of life are all in the business of providing their fans or simply listeners with what has long been referred to as food for the soul as described by Wu et al, (2016.Pg. 77). In this context of universal diversity in the music world, Maher Zain is perhaps one of the most peculiar cases.
He is an artist who has defied the odds of religion and cultural backgrounds and went on ahead to earn himself an international recognition in the music arena with his award-winning tracks. This has in the progress earned him legendary status among his fellow Muslims. Maher Zain has since 2009 went ahead to produced a number of albums some of which will be later discussed in this work. For this review, however, all the focus will be on the breathtaking album, Thank You, Allah. This album earned him the international spotlight he currently basks in and quite rightly he has done that excellently this far.
In this album, he, of course, recognizes that God is above all and deserves to be honored. The most captivating aspect and perhaps his greatest strategy is how it has used that platform to foster a sense of togetherness, mutual coexistence. One feels one with the songs that are provided in this album regardless of religious and racial background. It is almost impossible not to be swept away with the messages he so artistically brings out and the impression of any first-time listeners, in my opinion, should be, “ wow!
What a world it will be if we all practiced what Zain is advocating for here. ” Artist BackgroundMaher Zain is a Swedish R& B, Soul and Islamic singer born on 16th July 1981. His birth name is Maher Mustafa but for the purposes of this reference, we are going to refer to him as Maher Zain, a stage name he is often referred to by. He is also a songwriter and music producer which really points the fact about how diverse his musical life is.
Since beginning his career in music back in 2009, he is been in for it up until now. He has never shown relentlessness or indications of quitting and his latest release, one is an evidence for that. His Lebanese family immigrated to Sweden when he was only eight. He thus attended school in Sweden thereby seeing the world from a different angle from that back at home. This could perhaps have been one of the factors that moved him to do music that centers on global cohesion as suggested by Yuni, (2016.Pg. 58).
Music that says the world is a place for everyone to exist as equal. This is echoed in his single Hold My Hand in the line, “ .. let's pray for the beautiful world, the beautiful world I share with you. ” Perhaps the most captivating aspect about Maher Zain and his music is the fact that despite the fact that he is a Muslim, his music appeals to the audience worldwide regardless of race, age, and gender. He brings his content out in a way that as much as possible doesn’ t stray from the aspects of unity.
Perhaps the only pitfall that he may have had so far is not providing a translation of his Arabic songs to other languages like English so that his worldwide audience can marvel in his sizzling artistry. The works available have however executed that duty to perfection and perhaps surpassed even his own expectations.
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