Hijab-Wearing Musicians and Their Impact on the Music Scene

HijabWearing Musicians and their Impact on the Music Scene

Hijab-wearing musicians are an integral part of the music scene. They've come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share a passion for music. Some have been inspired by their cultural heritage, while others have been influenced by religion, and others still are simply influenced by their music taste. Regardless of the reason, the impact these artists have had on the world of music is incredible.


Priya Darshini

Priya Darshini is a musician, actor, author, and entrepreneur. Her debut album, Periphery, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Age Album category. The album is a powerful mix of traditional Indian music, American folk and pop music, and a deep exploration of the concept of belonging. Featuring guest appearances by world-renowned cellist Dave Eggar, hammered dulcimer player Max ZT, and Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun, it's an exquisitely crafted album that is both timeless and heartfelt.

Before moving to the United States in 2013, Darshini lived in Mumbai, India. Although her family's background is in classical music, she says she was initially attracted to other forms of music. As she grew older, she became interested in world music. She also studied jazz.

Darshini is the daughter of an Indian classical dancer and a former Bharatanatyam performer. She grew up listening to her parents' music, as well as that of her grandmothers. But, it wasn't until she moved to New York City in her mid-thirties that she found her calling.

A self-taught artist, Darshini has a rich, smoky voice. She's influenced by many musical styles, including jazz, blues, and classical music. In fact, she believes music is a magic.

She's been a member of several bands, including Pearl Jam, and has also done ad jingles. After moving to the United States, she's started her own band, the Priya Darshini Trio.


Yunalis Mat Zara'ai

Yunalis Mat Zara'ai, aka Yuna, is a Malaysian pop singer who's caught the attention of the global entertainment community. The 27-year-old has also been lauded as the world's first hijab-wearing professional ballerina. She's also got a fashion line and is a self-declared pop star in her own right.

Yuna started out as a law student. She had a taste for music, which she took to the next level by making a video and uploading it to MySpace. As she put it, "My ultimate goal was to get to the point where I could be a professional singer."

Yuna is not the first Malaysian woman to make it to the big time, though. Her cousin, Fatimah Hassan, is one of Malaysia's most successful singers, and it was her that inspired Yuna to aspire to become the next superstar of the karaoke stage.

Yuna's music has been lauded by fans, critics, and the media alike. Yuna has a knack for capturing the attention of the pop and rap worlds. In fact, she has garnered a number of awards, including four major music awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIMM). One of her recent performances, which was filmed for a documentary on the Malaysian pop scene, was viewed by millions on YouTube. Likewise, Yuna's music has racked up million streams. It's been said that Yuna has become a household name in the region, with the aforementioned New York Times piece citing her as a notable newcomer.


Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama is a Japanese-British pop artist. A singer-songwriter, she is known for her distinctive style. She has risen through the alternative scene in the UK.

In a bid to bring inclusivity to the music industry, Sawayama has been campaigning for better representation of the LGBTQ community. This year, she was the subject of a Billboard cover, and she appeared on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show.

Although Sawayama has a very recognizable vocal, she is also an accomplished musician who has mastered many genres. From R&B to electropop, she has a unique sound that has earned her fans.

Originally born in Japan, Sawayama moved to England at age four. While she was a student at the University of Cambridge's Magdalene College, she studied psychology and political science. During her time at the university, she joined other queer creatives and found solace in their support.

Sawayama became a pop star when she released her self-titled debut album in 2020. This album has echoes of Britney Spears and other mainstream pop stars. It's been praised by pop aficionados and open-minded online followers.

Sawayama is a queer musician who combines the polish of a major-market diva with the rule-breaking experimentation of a queer underground. Her music tackles complex issues and sparks important conversations.

Sawayama's vocals are full and atmospheric. Her songs are catchy, but they also challenge the listener to pour their own emotion into the song.


Ginella Massa

It's not often you see a woman wearing a hijab on a mainstream network news broadcast. But that's exactly what Ginella Massa did last September. She anchored the evening newscast at CityNews Toronto. And, while she may not have been the first, she is believed to be the first to do so in North America. Her story is being featured on several news websites, including Aljazeera and the Washington Post. Interestingly enough, she's also one of the only Muslim women to have donned the scarf on national television.

Before she was a news anchor, she worked as a journalist for CBC News, Refinery29 Canada, and the Globe and Mail. She graduated with an Honours BA in Communication Studies from York University. During her time in the media industry, she earned the Canadian Screen Award for best local news reporter. She also received a few other notable awards, including the sexiest award at the National Black Journalist Awards.

In the news business, getting an anchor position isn't always easy. For the most part, the best way to succeed is to have a well-rounded portfolio, which includes a variety of responsibilities. Some of these can include producing a demo reel, writing for a newspaper, and covering a wide range of topics. While these tasks may seem daunting to someone who hasn't worked behind the scenes for years, they are not impossible.


Huda Fahmy

Huda Fahmy is a Muslim comic book creator who creates stories about life with a hijab. Her work has a broad audience, including both Muslims and non-Muslims. She aims to show a different perspective on the subject, using comedic illustrations and relatable stories.

Huda's first book is aimed at young adults. It features a Muslim heroine who finds herself in a new town, struggling to find her identity.

The book's themes include a rift in the social media world over religious attire, jingoistic practices, and freedom of religion. Huda Fahmy's books are often humorous, and she hopes that they will inspire and encourage readers to think about the issue of headscarves.

As Huda's book comes out, a debate over her decision to wear the hijab is raging in the US. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American politician, has become an influential figure in the hijab debate. In the 5th District of Minnesota, Omar has created a special policy to ensure that women have equal access to headcoverings.

Another popular author is Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who became a Nobel Prize winner for her efforts to promote female literacy. A few years ago, she was shot by Taliban gunmen, but recovered and is now a prominent advocate for women's rights.

Meanwhile, Idrissi Khalil, a British model, became the first Muslim hijab-wearing model in the fashion industry. Throughout her career, she has helped to raise awareness for cultural diversity in the fashion industry.


Nicole Zefanya

Zefanya started out in her teenage years, performing covers of R&B songs on her YouTube channel "nzee24." She eventually became an R&B singer in her own right. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a liberal arts degree at Lipscomb University, she studied music. And she carved out a space for herself as a woman of color in the music industry.

Despite being an Indonesian migrant, Zefanya has managed to break into the American pop music scene. Her first single, "I Like U," has become an instant hit with tens of millions of listeners. Her second single, "lowkey," has sprinted towards a quarter of a billion streams. In the midst of it all, Zefanya went through her first major heartbreak. Now, the Indonesian-American songwriter is getting her life back on track.

One of her biggest accomplishments is the way she has reinvented herself, from her start as a music cover star to her debut album. From her slick, bass-forward R&B singles to her acclaimed introspective indie album, High School in Jakarta, Zefanya has pushed creative boundaries and carved a space for herself as a female Asian artist. Having mastered the R&B, she's branched out to a variety of genres, releasing a new EP, 'Zephyr,' in 2018.

When she's not on the road, Zefanya is an advocate for women's rights. In an effort to make her music more relevant to her community, she's made it a point to incorporate songs about gender equality into her music.