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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 22/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A group of five inshaad singers on Tuesday launched their second video album, Watasimu?KOur Identity, featuring issues such as faith, family, and being thankful and respectful to each other.

The event was held at the Sultan Qaboos University under the auspices of H E Sayyid Saud bin Hilal bin Hamad al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Muscat.

The band, Watasimu, comprises Omani men who hail from different backgrounds and the new album is all about living in peace.

''We started working on this album in 2010 and it took time because we wanted it to be unique and touch not only the lives of people in Oman, but the world over. It's all about being positive towards each other,'' Husain al Lawati, head of the band and one of the singers, said.

The other band members are Majdi al Balushi, Bader al Harthy, Taha al Lawati and Abdullah al Asmi. Harthy was one of the first contestants from Oman to participate in an inshaad contest while Balushi was chosen as the best munshid at another contest.

For the band, inshaad is about everything positive and not only about religious songs. ''Inshaad is not about religion but rather every good thing in the world. We want people of all ages to listen to our work. We uploaded one of the songs on YouTube on Tuesday night and it received more than 17,000 views till Wednesday afternoon. We have got many positive messages on social media as well,'' Lawati said.

The band members belong to the Sunni, Shiite, and Ibadi sects but they all believe they are brothers, who pray in each other's mosques.

''After having spent a lot of time on this project, we believe we are different from other singers. That is why we don't believe in doing things in a hurry,'' Lawati said.

The band hopes to make a mark and become a symbol of success for the country.

''We have already started planning for the next album. We thank Creative Soul company, which took a leading role in directing and filming the album. We hope to work with them in future.''

With over 120,000 copies sold, and over 100,000 likes on Facebook, the group's first video album proved that there is an interest in inspirational music with the target audience being people of all ages.

The album is priced at RO2.5. Apex Press and Publishing was the media sponsor of the eve


Muscat Daily

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