#42. Zain Bhikha: How It All Started & My Motivation
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Zain Bhikha is a world-renowned singer and songwriter who performs Islamic songs. He began his illustrious career 25 years ago and since then he has released 13 Albums, collaborating with numerous artists such as Native Deen, Outlandish, and the legendary Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens). Zain was one of the first to start performing Islamic nasheeds in English.

If someone were to search for Islamic song on YouTube, Zain’s songs would come up top. His songs inspired and continues to inspire many generations of Muslims.

In 2005, Zain created his own label, Zain Bhikha Studios, based in his native South Africa. The label aims to provide a platform for local and international talent.

Zain also engages in talking to the youth to motivate them to utilize their creative talents for the benefit of society.

In this episode, we talk to Zain about his journey as a performing artist, the tragic event that lead him towards a singing career, the impact his music on the Muslim Ummah, the challenges of creating new music and staying fresh and how he has been able to spread a message of peace with the platform he has been given.

This was an exciting episode for us since we both grew up listening to Zain’s songs. Sometimes we ask ourselves why we preserver with the podcast with the sheer hard work and little gains but listening to Zain’s story has reignited our why!

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