Mohammed Munir: Singer Has to Reflect an Ideology, Culture
Egyptian singer Mohammed Munir has wrapped up his latest song Madad Ya Rasoul Allah which comes in the wake of the September 11 attacks in Washington and New York.
“There is a new message and another spirit in my forthcoming album. Because events influence me as an artist and a singer, I have prepared a song in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, which the enemies of Islam exploited to taint our religion. Because I cannot do anything else I prepared a song entitled Madad Ya Rasoul Allah to show the real Islam, which calls for peace and respect mankind regardless of religion. The song was written by Kawthar Mustafa and its tunes were based on Rawhan Ponka cadences, which are similar to the international music language. I think this is the message which I shall convey to the whole world hoping to be able to do so in the near future,” Munir told the UAE daily al Bayan.
“I was keen on maintaining my personal heritage and beliefs, which mean that a singer is not merely a beautiful voice but rather an ideology, culture, project and dream,” he added.
The Egyptian singer said, “each time I used to move to a different culture, I had to give consideration to the use which the listeners who gave me their confidence would benefit from. I did not move to other cultures seeking money or courting internationality because I achieved that long time ago. The most important thing to me is the type of culture which I shall convey to my fans in Egypt and Arab countries.”
Regarding his experience in acting, Munir said, “in every acting experience I had an objective that acting should neither affect my singing nor should it contradict with my artistic principles. For example, the roles I played in Yousef Shahin’s films including Haddoutah Misriyyah (Egyptian Story), al Yawm al Sades (Sixth Day) and al Masir (Destiny) are valuable performances which showed my standards in moving towards acting. This is in addition to my roles in Khairi Bishara’s films including al Tawq Wa al Iswerah (Necklace and Bracelet) and Yawm Hilo Wa Yawm Murr (Sweet Day and Bitter Day). Also my roles in the plays al Malek Huwa al Malek (King is the King), Sabah al Khair Ya Masr (Good Morning Egypt) and in the TV series Hekayat al Ghareeb (Stranger’s Stories) and others show the same thing.” -- Albawaba.com
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