Zain Bhikha

Zain was born in 1974 in Pretoria, South Africa where he started singing from a young age, though entertaining family and friends was as far as he went. In 1994, Zain entered a singing competition on a local radio station. From thousands of entries he won the competition. This success led to his first album 'A Way of Life' (1994).

It soon became a rousing success amongst the South African Muslim community.

Thus came 'Praise to the Prophet (saw)' (1996), followed at yearly intervals by 'Fortunate is He' (1997) and 'The Journey' (1998).

All proved extremely popular and began to filter abroad. And so it was that Yusuf came across one of Zain's albums and invited him to London to work with him. The result was 'A is for Allah' (2000), a double album, primarily spoken word, which featured Zain singing 7 of the 8 songs. Later that year, two compilation albums 'Children of Heaven' and 'Towards the Light', featuring re-mixed songs, were released by Jamal Records.

In 2001 he released 'Faith' with a guest appearance from his friend Dawud Wharnsby-Ali. Zain later went on to release the album 'Our World' (2002) which brought together the talents of Yusuf Islam, Khalid Belrhouzi, Qatrunada, Hasan Kilicitan and also introduced his son Rasheed Bhikha.

 

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