Talented singer who wears hijab

We first heard of Yuna at least 2 years ago when we randomly came across a YouTube video featuring a performance by the talented singer.

Since then she’s been creating quite a buzz across the globe.

It’s the first time (at least for us) that we’ve seen a hijabi making waves in the mainstream music industry.

Here is one of her music videos:

Yuna is from Malaysia but she will be performing in Chicago in a few weeks and we’re so excited!

We also came across this video clip where she is interviewed briefly at an awards show.

Her hijab style is incredible and we were also intrigued by the whole Malaysian version of E! How cool is that?

This article has 11 comments

  1. mariam parveen

    Salam…Sisters it is indde heartwarming to see a muslim sister in the Music Industry and that too with her Hijab on. I am a new muslim and I have been into musicsince the age of three. I was about to cancel my application to NYU to study music but I’m glad to see that some muslim sisters are taking courageous steps in this direction.

  2. Robyn

    Mariam, glad to hear of the Assoc. of Muslim women Artists and glad to realize I’m not the only one out there who cares or thinks it’s important to support muslimas and their artistic talent. I wish I could come see Yuna. Though I’m not that far from Chicago, the dates just don’t work out. And glad to hear about wanting to get back into your artsy side, though I consider acting and theater artsy and you’ve been doing some auditions lately.:0)

  3. Mariam Sobh

    Robyn you should definitely go for it! 🙂 I think if you get back into practicing you’ll find that it’s easy to get your voice back. I wish there were more opportunities for Muslim women, but I guess it’s up to us to create these opportunities. I started the Association of Muslim Women Artists back in the day hoping to create a network of Muslim women involved in the arts, but it seems quite limited. We’re just a defunct list serve now and a facebook group, but hopefully we can get it going again. I realize I’m rambling.. but now you’ve inspired me to get back to my artsy side 😀

  4. Robyn

    Ah, Mariam, where were you when I first became muslim?! lol :0) I love that you sing, that you used to perform and even were working on an album. I so hope you will go back to it. When I became muslim 10 years ago, I was informed that music was haram and I know so many debate that to this day, but I never felt completely comfortable with this, especially when I was the girl always singing, I was the girl in jazz choir and musical theater, I was the girl going to solo competitions and getting superior ratings. I’ve always loved music for how inspirational it can be, how it can bring you tears or make you cry just like that. Unfortunately, 10 years of not singing all that much means my diaphragm hates me now and my range is not what it used to be. Somewhere in the last 10 years, I’ve come to a peace about music and I want to sing again. Even talked to my husband about getting voice lessons to get back into it. Thank you so much for your blog and insights. It has been inspiring.

  5. Mariam Sobh

    She will be at the IMAN community cafe on September 26 or 27 I’ll post the details as soon as I get them.

  6. Magdalenna

    Salam & thanks for this! Tried searching for her tour schedule but couldn’t find it… when will she be in Chicago???

  7. Mariam Sobh

    Valerie, I think that people don’t understand the positive power of music and that’s why they often jump to certain conclusions about it.

    Caraboska I totally agree.

    Robyn, there are women that do that but they are primarily in Malaysia (just like the artist in the post). That seems to be the happening place for anything that is modern and Islamic. I used to perform in public and was even working on a CD with a fellow artist, but I felt that it was a very male-centric genre like you said and took time off to pursue other things. Maybe one day the CD will be complete. 🙂

    Hanna she is indeed talented. I think her voice is amazing and haunting at the same time. 🙂

  8. hanna

    I just bought her album, Decorate, and I have to admit that her voice is good and the songs too. 🙂

  9. Robyn

    I think she’s got a nice voice and I’m excited to see a hijabi in the music industry. that being said, I wish a hijabi would come out and sing some inspirational music. I come from a christian background where I listened to gospel and r & b every Sunday and I have sorely missed that sound since becoming muslim. While I think it’s fine to sing about life and stuff, I want to be motivated, as well. Wish a sister would get the nerve to step into what has been a genre completely dominated by males.

  10. caraboska

    Bismillah. Of course the woman has fantastic style, but what I really like is how no one says anything about her hijab. She’s a musician and that’s that.

  11. Valerie

    That was really good. Thanks for sharing it. I’ll be honest, one of the things that made me a little hesitant to keep learning about Islam was what I was told/read about music. I’ve loved music since I was little, and it’d be difficult to stop now, so it’s inspiring to see a talented Muslim female singer.

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