16 May 2017 - 10:06
Doha based singing prodigy to launch an album soon
By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula
Nadir Abdul Salam hails from the south Indian state of Kerala and is currently based in Doha. He is definitely an act to look out as he is creating a huge buzz in the music spotlight.
Nadir told The Peninsula: “I started singing at the age of two. I set foot on the stage at the age of three and my first tryst with public performance was at the age of four. My diction of the language comes naturally; singing is my passion.”
He showed outstanding skill in Malayalam and Arabic language pronunciation in his childhood days. This encouraged his parents to promote him to music. His powerful memory also helped him to learn songs by heart.
Nadir started schooling at Ideal Indian School Doha in August 2001 and continued there for five years up to Grade 3. Then joined MES Indian School Doha in April 2006 and completed Higher Secondary in 2015.
Currently he is doing undergraduate study in “Recording Arts” at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia. In addition to it, he is the Ambassador of Music Academy at the University. Nadir is not only an Arab singer but also he is an excellent ‘Oud’ player. He learned his first ever song in Arabic when he was introduced by Qatar Television (QTV) in channel’s kids-show in 2003.
“I was 13-year-old when I sung “Al Amakin”, Saudi based singer Mohammed Abdoo got amazed with the performance and couldn’t believe I’m a non-Arab and from India,” said Nadir.
Sharing his other achievements, he said, “I have won numerous awards and achievements from government authorities, schools, television channels and organisations. My first ever Award titled “Best Performance Singer Award” was received in 2003 when I was 6 years old.”
“The most significant achievement for me was when I was honoured with a golden opportunity by the Doha Asian Games 2006 authorities to sing the National Anthem of Qatar with the Arab choir in the opening ceremony,” he added.
Nadir received one of the biggest appreciations in 2010 when the Ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, titled him “The Ambassador of India in Arabic Songs” and nominated him for “National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement” in 2011 considering his talent as a symbol of India-Qatari amity, friendship and cultural links.
Salam says: “Qatar Foundation sponsored me to train Arab musicians in 2011. I was the ambassador of the academy for six years till I joined undergraduate programme in 2016 to study further in the technical aspects of music.”
“Another great achievement I received was the Award from Dubai Media City in the prestigious ‘Ibdaa’ Media Students Award in 2007 in which the Prince of Dubai and other international dignitaries were present,” he added
Nadir has earned rare compliments from accomplished Islamic singers like Sami Yusuf, Maher Zain, Yusuf Islam, Mesut Kurtis and Arab singers like Mohammed Abdoo, Abdulla Ruwaishid, Asala, Ali Abdul Sattar, Hussein Al Jesmi, etc.
Another great achievement of Nadir Abdul Salam was that he has signed in contract with popular British singer Sami Yusuf’s music production company Andante Records in 2013. With the signing of the contract, Nadir has diverted his talent to the world of value driven spiritual music.
About this milestone achievement, Nadir says: “It was during Sami Yusuf’s 2012 concert in Doha when I was spotted by Andante Records. At that time we (my family) came across an Arabic newspaper ad where the company sought talents who could sing Arabic compositions. I too participated in the audition and finally five singers, including me, and other singers from Lebanon, Egypt and Qatar were selected to sing for the show.
After the programme, we came to know that Sami Yusuf was very impressed by my singing. We thought the episode just wound up there with all these praises and pats. But within a month my father received an email from Andante Records, in which they enquired about our interest in signing a contract with the company”.
The work on his much-anticipated debut album is underway. “This album perfectly captures Nadir’s extraordinary singing voice and is a spiritually uplifting work that marks the flowering of a remarkable talent,” Andante Records website writes.
Nadir is prodigy who will take the breath out of anyone listening to him singing, his rhythm, pitch and melody-all in perfection. Nadir sings in Arabic, Western and Indian languages. Whether he hits the high octaves or plunges into lower notes, he does that with equal ease and leaves everyone in a trance.