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Ghausia Nasheed & Arts Academy have launched their annual singing competition in support of young Muslims across Britain.
Based in Nottingham and established since 2001, Ghausia Nasheed academy is providing an opportunity to showcase new talent and a platform to develop the vocal skills of British Muslims. Auditions will be taking place in London, Manchester and Nottingham. By opening a wider audience to Muslims' musical abilities, this will no doubt instill a creative tune into younger hopefuls.
Controversially, musical instruments are being allowed in entrants recordings. The space for music in Islam has remained a highly debated topic in the nasheed - Arabic song - genre. As last year's competitors show on Ghausia's site, the academy is open to multi-lingual entries, accepting songs in Urdu, Arabic, English and Punjabi.
Fortunately for contestants, the spectacular prize remains true to the natural musical world, including a session to record a track with an expert at a recording studio, a professionally shot music video (think Ahmed Bukhatir) and a ticket to perform Umrah.
Chairman of Ghausia Nasheed & Arts Academy, Esharat Nasar-Ahmed speaks highly of their creative vision:
"This is the journey of a vision I had, to create an alternative arts and crafts provision in the Nottingham area, hoping to provide a service for young people and the community. My hope for the centre was to provide a safe open space forthe community to use as a common ground, to build and strengthen existing relationships and celebrate culture." - Esharat Nasar-Ahmed, Chairman
The academy also provides one on one support to young people in performing nasheeds, developing their vocals to a level where they are ready to make their own records.