The History of Contemporary Nasyid in Malaysia (Part 3)

part 3.

1- 2 of the most prominent nasheed group in the early 90’s were Nada Murni, led by two of the most talented nasheed vocalists ever to storm the local nasheed scene, Allahyarham Ustaz Asri Ibrahim and Munif Ahmad, and The Zikr led by Nazrey Johani. I guess you must have recognized these names by now.

2- These 2 groups dominated the scene and were the pioneering template for so many more newer Nasheed groups that came immediately after them. Nada Murni released their debut titled Kelahiran whereas hot on Nada Murni‘s tail was The Zikr releasing their debut album called Kenangan. The songs were still mainly minimalistic and percussive.

3- These two monsters kept on releasing albums after albums especially Nada Murni in the early 90’s. The percussive elements (congas, bongos and tamborines) which have dominated their songs gave more room for vocal harmonies for the back ups acting as the rhythm section for the songs replacing the sound of guitars and keyboards which were pretty much dominant in pop music at that time. It was a kind of a new realm since the version of Nasheed championed by older groups in the likes of Al Jawaher and Al Mizan was more straight forward and with very minimal usage of harmonies. This maybe due to the modern instruments which were used in their music.

4- The Zikr for example kept on experimenting with various types of harmonies and it is evident in their third and final album titled Secerah Pawarna. This particular album featured a song called Allah Is Calling with a much more extravagant arrangement of harmonies compared to their previous works.

5- Nada Murni on the other hand utilized the huge number of members in their camp to fill their songs with more harmonies as the time passes by. Bass vocals and Falsetto vocals were the normal tones utilized by these group before adding various tenor harmonies creating a wall of sound that would later inspire the younger nasheed groups at that time to also experiment with different types of harmonies.

6- They had also moved away from the typical Mediterranean sound that was so frequently associated with Nasheed at that time opting a more poppish sound for their songs which made them even more appealing to a greater mass.

To Be Continued:

See original here:
Nasyid Cafe: The History of Contemporary Nasyid in Malaysia.


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