Sunday, November 23, 2008

Catch MJ's performance this Friday Night

I'm going to be performing at a Nasheed concert this friday (Durban City Hall at half seven) so might as well use this platform to tell you guys about it. Its called the Unity in Diversity concert (which doesnt really make sense when you think about it - if you try to explain it to me you are just deluding yourself) but unlike the name Bilkis - it wasnt off putting enough for me to boycott. Speaking of boycott - I really dont like that term. Boycott. It just sounds silly. Most boycotts arent long term anyway. People should rather say 'We're going to play hard to get' with coke. Thats more plausible.
Since this is my blog - I can say i'm headlining the concert but that would just be lying :)
Looking at the lineup i'm pretty sure im the only weak link there, but I'm going to have fun so its all good.
First up we have Sufyaan Tailor. Yeah. I Havent heard of him of him either. But I hear he is really good. Something to look forward to I guess.
Then we have Inayet Petkar who is launching his new album. Should be popular with the older crowd me thinks. Not really my thing. But then again - I like Scottish music.
After that we have Hafez Nazeer Qadri who is basically a cover artist. As he imitates the style of Owais Qadri.
Then we have Waahid who are launching their third Cd, Labbaik. Looking forward to hearing that.
and finally - Iman from Cape Town who are launching their second CD. If you read my blog often you'l know that I totally dig Iman and one of their tracks is in my top 20 Nasheeds of all time. I'm excited about Iman coming down as I grew very close to them during the souk.
I'm going to be the compere for the night, so I think i'l try my hand at some stand up comedy, and maybe get some audience participation with imitations etc. I was also thinking of doing some small skits with a few characters I created like Uncle Iqbal and a new character Hakim Kareem who is a Muslim herbalist/con artist. For the imitations bit I was thinking of singing a few popular nasheeds by some of the popular artists - Zain, Dawud, Yusuf etc and I'l give prizes to people who correctly guess whose work im butchering. I dont know. Ive got a few ideas in my head but not sure which ideas are good. In general, my ideas suck. For stand up - I'l draw on some of the things ive written about on this blog (my facebook stuff etc) as well as write some new material tomorrow. Would love to hear some ideas from you guys. Just remember - they must be appropriate for a Muslim family event (So i wont be headbanging or anything like that)
If you stuck around and read to this point, then I have some good news for you. The organiser has given me two complimentary tickets to give away on my blog.
Ive got two 120 rand tickets to give away. No idea how this is going to work. I cant create a random generator thing like how Killa did with his Sami Yusuf Tickets so I guess - if you want them - just leave a comment or e-mail. I dont need them for my family as we are doing the sound so they all have comps already.
Tickets can be purchased from the following places and a small portion will be going towards Concerned Helpers so I'm thrilled about that :) For the regular readers, I havent stopped the initiative - a few weeks ago I used some money from the fund to buy Ice cream for all the students at the Inchanga Islamic Centre (Everyone loves Ice Cream) And I have an appointment with one of the regional managers of Checkers next week. I want to try and get two hundred rands worth of perishable foods (day old bread etc) for a local informal settlement every week. i'm not sure what Checkers does with the food it doesnt sell so i'm going to have a chat and see what happens. Worst that could happen is that they'l say no due to legal reasons (the old excuse that if someone gets food poisoning Checkers will be in trouble) Please make dua that it works out - I need to find a way to make this sustainable. in the past four months ive only missed four weeks. Its small, but I do believe we are making a difference.
Tickets are 70 rand and 120 rand each and can be purchased from
Islamic Relief (031 208 28 33)
Al Azhar School of Durban (031 307 76 09)
South Coast Madressa (031 465 23 76)
Ibn Masud Special Needs School(031 209 00 50)
(All the organisations will be benefitting as well)
OR 083 594 8182

MJ

Organisers wants me to wear a suit so please dont bring Tomatoes. Rather pelt me with watermelon. I like Watermelon :)

Heres another Bollywood clip I made

5 comments:

Azra said...

Hope it all went well :)

M Junaid said...

we'l see - it goes down this friday :D

TheCullinaryQueen said...

Pity I'm not in Durbs...would have loved to attend :-)

All the best for this Friday :-)

M Junaid said...

Thanks CQ :)
will let you guys know how it went

M Junaid said...

Oh yeah - comps have been given away. thanks for all the e-mails peeps :)