KUALA LUMPUR – Local Islamic music industry players should enhance their knowledge in creating musical works which can be enjoyed and appreciated by listeners, said Federal Territories mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.
He said this was because interest in Islamic music has waned among local music fans while pop and contemporary songs were getting more popular.
He said there were also people who regarded the music industry as just a business platform so the message in songs which were aimed to preach, failed to reach the target listeners.
“Human nature and art are inherently inseparable but we must adhere to the set limits. What we are seeing today is that many among us do things without passion”, he said in his keynote address at the the Islamic Songs and Entertainment Seminar at the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM ) today.
Also present was IKIM director-general Datuk Dr Azizan Baharuddin.
Meanwhile, Azizan said the IKIM radio (IKIMfm) also played a role in charting the local Islamic song entertainment industry in tandem with the radio station’s tagline ‘entertainment to enrich the soul’.
As such he said IKIM in collaboration with TV Alhijrah would hold the Nasyid Award 2017 (AN17) on Jan 13 next year to recognise artistes including songwriters, lyricists and singers.
“Eight categories are being contested namely three places for the Nasyid Award 2017, best lyrics, best vocals, best performance, best new artist and best music video,” he said.
AN17 will feature 10 songs which had made it to the final stage among them Salam by Lah Ahmad, Penyelamat (Hafiz Hamidun), Jalan Syahadah (Daqmie) and Kalah Dalam Menang by Mawi and Syamsul Yusof. – BERNAMA