Ummah Wake Up
This CD is NOT a typical nasheed. It's got Islamic and social messages on top of full-on pop beats, with eastern and middle-eastern influences. The messages are about our social issues, like honor killing, prejudice, the need for us to work together despite our differences. Inspirational songs for younger kids to dream and achieve. Songs that address our own internal struggles to be more God-aware. This project is a personal one. Hopefully this album will sharpen the focus for Muslims to seek out the real Quranic teachings, The Middle Path. The path against discrimination, against violence, against war. And hopefully this project will show the world that there is an alternative face to Islam other than the stereotyped cast which is in itself discriminating. For a little background about Ani: Ani's a songwriter, a producer, a singer and a multi-instrumentalist with her own eclectic blend of pop music fused with eastern and middle-eastern instrumentation. Her music emotes honesty and sincerity and can only be categorized as 'Real Music.' Ani was born in Malaysia, and for a good 12 years of her life, she was raised in Germany, Egypt and India globe trotting as her father was an ambassador. As a result of this upbringing she was constantly exposed to a diversity of music, languages, cultures and politics. Not surprisingly of course, it has influenced her look, personality and music. At the age of 5 she started piano training and in India she learned to play the tabla and the sitar. In Malaysia, at 16 she played in a fusion group of jazz and ethnic Malaysian instrumentation. At 18, Ani came to the US to pursue a university education in Economics and Political Science. Upon graduation she worked in Japan as a marketing researcher. But music kept calling to her..... p/s I wrote, arranged and produced the music too! -Ani-.