Swedish singer/songwriter Maher Zain. Picture: Supplied

Swedish singer/songwriter Maher Zain has gifted the world with a captivating fusion of East and West that has resonated with audiences across the globe. 

With music videos topping 1.8 billion views, this icon’s reach in the Islamic music genre is amplified by his call for unity on emotive tracks such as "One Big Family".

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Inner Circle Entertainment now presents this brilliant performer in a showcase titled "Maher Zain Live in Cape Town," at Artscape Opera House in Cape Town in October. Maher will be accompanied by the 45-piece Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips.

“Following our collaboration with Inner Circle Entertainment  in the Symphony of Ghazal two years ago, we are delighted to perform with Maher Zain”, says the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s CEO Louis Heyneman.  

“Showcasing international musicians such as Zain, meets the  CPO’s goal to expand its reach beyond symphony concerts, opera, ballet, musicals and school concerts to meeting new audiences in cross-over concerts that appeal to a wider spectrum of communities”.

The upcoming 2018 concerts will also see Zain fronting his own ensemble, which features musicians from Egypt, Spain, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These Cape Town recitals mark the international debut of an all-new concert format, one that has been especially conceived by Inner Circle Entertainment.

Mention the name of this Lebanese-born R&B hit-maker, and one thinks huge numbers. Zain is the most popular Muslim artist on Facebook and the most viewed Muslim artist on YouTube. His Top 5 YouTube videos have clocked up extraordinary traffic - "YaNabi Salam Alayka" (Arabic) has been viewed 174 million times; "Number One For Me" has had 87 million   views; Insha Allah 76 million views; "For The Rest Of My Life" 40 million and "The Chosen One" 28 million views!

Says Zain of the opportunity to perform in Cape Town: “I am delighted that my label Awakening Records have partnered with Inner Circle Entertainment for me to perform in Cape Town.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in concert and it is my honour to have them perform my music with me.   This is a unique and world-first collaboration for me and I am so happy that I will share it for the first time with the wonderful audiences in beautiful Cape Town. ”

Maher sings mainly in English but, has also released some of his most popular songs in other languages. These include "Insha Allah," which is available in English, French, Arabic, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian versions.

Concert Information:

Cape Town: Friday, 26 October and Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 8.15pm – Artscape Opera House.  Concert starts promptly at 8.15pm.

Tickets from R150 are available from Computicket outlets nationwide. Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com, and Shoprite Checkers stores.