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PostSubject: Nazeel Azami   Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:28 pm




Nazeel was born in August 1981. He was born into a Muslim family and continues to follow it having read up on it and, more importantly, having spent time with good Muslims. He grew up in London and Manchester, UK
Nazeel went to a primary school in London, which he found quite enjoyable, although he was very quick to pick up on the fact that it was a different culture to what he had experienced at home. Living within two cultures has been a major generator of concepts for his songs. He went on to secondary schools in 3 countries, and that wasn't always easy. His favourite subjects/activities during his education were using computers, technology and languages. He is currently attending Manchester university studying Physics.
Musically, his family does appreciate meaningful songs, particularly those about family, love, God, friendship and so on. One or two people have taken that interest through to become singers and producers of songs. They performed at various venues, formally and otherwise.
He never knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. But he did like to enjoy himself and have a good time with friends. He didn't think of making a profession out of singing, but loved it from a very early age. This talent he recalls was encouraged by his mother.
His musical influences start with his maternal uncle, whose songs he listened to while his mother cooked. She used to leave the cassette player running, playing the songs as well as other spiritually-inspired songs in Bengali. He heard a lot of English and even Arabic and Urdu songs. Nazeel also listened to other early 'Muslim' music like Yusuf Islam's material and some songs by Malaysian children.
These days, he has discovered many more meaningful songs that really move him. Mainly these are uplifting songs by people like: Sami Yusuf, Kareem Salama, Angelis, Garth Brooks, Raihan, Il Divo, Jackson Browne, Muhammad Husayan, Outlandish and Ronan Keating.

Nazeel is currently based in Manchester, UK. Currently he is writing some new songs for the next album, which is going fantastically well. There's so many different thoughts he has noted down and it seems impossible to merge them into songs! But he is hopeful for a development of material and style, from the previous album.

He has been taught aspects of 'Islam' since childhood, and says he considers it to have a role in his music. A role that he sees as one that will unite communities in mutual benefit rather than divide them.
His music at times has some specific messages; different people will pick up different things. Generally speaking though, the songs are about human values that have kept us going in the world. He believes these values originate from God and at other times, it is just a feeling.
In his spare time he likes to call his family, play football with friends, sitting with eminent muslim scholars, singing songs by different artists, reciting the Quran, a bit of martial arts too, eating, sleeping, etc...

In 2008, Nazeel would like to become closer to God, saying that when you get busy with life's demands, you can lose your touch when it comes to prayer and feeling the Quran. Besides that, he plans to travel and learn a language. The main goals he wishes to achieve are firstly, to read the Quran, understand it directly, and have the character to live it. Secondly, he would love to be able to read all the books of all the wisest people we know of in history!

His message for his fans is: "Pray for the world - with word and action."

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PostSubject: Re: Nazeel Azami   Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:02 pm





Nazeel’s mother was always a source of inspiration for him to pursue creative ways to do good for himself and others. For the last several years, she suffered from a rare illness.
Nevertheless, she continued to encourage him to use his talent in reciting and singing to uplift souls including his own, alongside his other duties. When she was abroad on medical treatment, Nazeel was not able to be with her and take care of her, for a period.
A close friend suggested that he record a song and send it to her as a gift. Nazeel jumped to the idea and recorded one of her favourite songs and sent it. On hearing it, she was deeply affected, and moved to tears.
After returning to the UK for further treatment, she would often ask Nazeel to sing the song to her while she rested, even as she approached her final days. Nazeel’s mother passed away just over a year ago.
Soon more of his close friends listened to the song, and several were moved by the track. Eventually, they persuaded Nazeel to do something more so that others might also benefit in the way they did.
What you have before you is the culmination of that endeavour, Dunya, a powerful collection of songs and recitals about life as a ‘seeker’ aspiring to be at one with the world of God.
In producing Dunya, a rare combination of languages, themes and cultures have come together to reveal a unique expression — one that is sometimes painful, but, at other times, intensely joyful.

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PostSubject: Re: Nazeel Azami   Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:03 pm


I may not remember (or know) everyone who has contributed to this project directly or indirectly, but I am truly grateful to all of you and I believe your sincere efforts have not gone to waste.
Thank you Ammu and Abbu for showing me the path to goodness, Nanu for teaching me patience, Hasan bhai for your earnest advice and encouragement, Babak for believing in this endeavour and being so patient with me.
Thank you to Ustadh Firooz for your wisdom and humility, Wali bhai for the way you are, Sami for your sincere love and du'a, Bara for colouring the album with your character, Abu Huraira for always being ready, Bhaiya for your support and love, Lubaaba for your impeccable scrutiny and patience, Usaama for your help and prayers, Nusaiba for always being there for us, Shudhu chachu for your precious support, Jamil bhai for your sincere sacrifice and Shaykh Zakariya for speaking from your heart in spite of testing times.
May God accept our work, Amin.

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