Bismillah releases album for #ProjectGuidance

“The past doesn’t make you who you are. Believe in yourself and you’ll go far,” are the words of singer/songwriter Bismillah Suliman.

Born in Rustenburg and raised in Carolina, the 20-year- old nasheed artist believes that beyond his music career lies a story that is capable of inspiring people to find their purpose.

A nasheed is a work of vocal music that is either sung a cappella or accompanied by percussion instruments such as the daf, a large drum.

In general, Islamic anasheed do not contain lamellophone instruments, string instruments, or wind and brass instruments, although digital remastering is permitted. This is because many Muslim scholars state that Islam prohibits the use of musical instruments, except for some basic percussion.

His story is very different when compared to the usual journey of a young child growing up to face the world.

His story and motivation to chase his dream is inspired by the traumatic passing of his mother, Marhooma Aysha (Abba) Suliman, when he was just eight years of age.

“I would be lying if I said I never have down periods, that I never feel anxious or feel like giving in. You have to keep the faith and trust that everything you go through today is preparing you for the challenges you have to face tomorrow.

You have to understand that it is all a test of your will and mental toughness. I found my peace and strength when I finally understood the meaning of the words ‘Allah does not burden a soul beyond than it can bear’.”

Writing lyrics and creating melodies is the best way that Bismillah expresses himself and opens up about his feelings.

From a young age, Bismillah followed a vast number of local international talents and was given the opportunity to work with and perform alongside artists such as Zain Bhikha.

As his journey progressed, his interest in the music industry increased and he began working on his debut album “Guidance” in 2015 at the age of 18.

His faith-inspired, voice-only album will be released to the public on 16 October with all the proceeds going towards the building of a water-well and borehole system in relation to #ProjectGuidance.

 

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Amanda Mthembu
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