The Blacksmiths are a diverse group of percussionists and vocalists that provide a beautiful live backdrop for Nader Khan’s songs and music. This tight group of local artists first came together in October 2014. They combine their talents to create a unique tapestry of sound that engages audiences and lights up hearts and concert halls.
The live percussion of the Blacksmiths accompanying Nader’s devotional singing, is an experience not to be missed. To book Nader and/or the Blacksmiths send us your booking request.
In summer 2017, The Blacksmiths will embark on their first international tour in the UK.
D MORISSON was born in Brampton Ontario and raised in the small village of Caledon. Prior to The Blacksmiths, Dean spent 8 years as the drummer of a punk rock n’ roll band, releasing 4 albums and playing some of the most iconic venues in Canada like the same El Macombo stage as the Rolling Stones.
“Music has been a way to broaden my perspective and connect me with things I would not have otherwise.”
FAISAL SHAHEEN was born in Ottawa Ontario and raised between Winnipeg, Lahore, Toronto and Islamabad. Prior to joining The Blacksmiths, Faisal started learning classical south Asian music from Ustad Mohammed Tufail of the Punjab Gharana, until his passing in 2001. He has continued to study under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami of the Seinya Gharana who teaches in the southern US.
“Music bypasses the languages we are bound to, and personally has allowed me to connect with ideas and individuals who are increasingly inaccessible in these troubling times.”
ABUBAKER AL-KAFF was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and raised in Sieyun, Hadramaut. He grew up surrounded by the artistic culture of the Al-Kaff family, and developed a passion for the rich Hadhrami tunes and devotional poems. This passion also led him to start training in the Zirbadi music and dance. After a number of years, he mastered three types of Zirbadi dances and tunes: the Kuwaiti كويتي, the Lahji لحجي, and the mozae’i موزعي.
First Spring Records
First Spring Records was established by Nader Khan and his wife and manager Dr. Bano Murtuja in June 2013 to provide the infrastructure support required to truly #ShareTheProphet.
FSR provides artist representation, administration and the financial support that leaves their artists free to focus on their art.
FSR seeks to sign artists from all walks of life that share our goal of connecting hearts to God and to the beloved of God (peace and blessings be upon him) through exceptional lyrics and service.
Quench The Thirst
WATER : #QuenchTheThirst
100% OF THE SALES REVENUE FROM THIS ALBUM WILL GO TO WATERAID CANADA.
Until 2016, revenue generated will be directed specifically to their current project in the Monze region of Zambia. This project hopes to reach 42,000 people with access to safe water, and over 40,000 people with access to improved sanitation and hygiene education.
Upon the completion of this project, WaterAid Canada will redirect any further funds from the sale of this album based on their expertise.
THIS PROJECT IS INTENDED TO BE A SADAQA JARIYA* FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE INCLUDING ALL WHO PURCHASE THE CD. SOME KEY INDIVIDUALS INVESTED AS SADAQA JARIYA* FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR LOVED ONES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.
Please recite the Fatiha** and send prayers on the Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him) on behalf of; the Muslims of Edmonton Canada, The late Tahira Arif Hussain, Syed Hussain, Rabia Sultan, Abdul Majeed Khan, Ghulam Omer, Nayeem Unissa Begum, Syed Taher Mohamed, Sardar Begum, Haji Mohammad Hussain Bhatti, Mustafa Abdul Rahim Assaqqaf and Anonymous Donor.
*An act of continuous, ongoing charity
**The first chapter of the Holy Qur’an
Share The Prophet
You can help Nader #ShareTheProphet by contributing to the production of his upcoming albums. Just click the “PayPal” button below and follow the instructions.
Nader is committed to sharing the Prophet (peace be upon him) in word and deed. In a world with an increasing frequency of ugly representations of the Prophet’s pure and beautiful message, it is all the more important to openly exemplify The Prophet’s mercy, concern and generosity for all creation.Usually production and distribution of independent albums is financed by investors who recoup their principal (plus a profit) via album sales. The album is in debt even before it’s recorded, and the entire sales and marketing strategy is governed by their return on investment.
In 2013 Nader embarked on a daring new endeavor, bringing together service and devotion by channeling 100% of sales revenue from future albums into humanitarian causes. In so doing, Nader makes devotional art a powerful means of service for generations to come.
By raising the seed funding for each of his albums through a variety of avenues such as individual sponsors, crowdsourcing and donations, Nader is free to channel 100% of sales revenue towards designated humanitarian causes.
“My work has always been about bringing together devotional music and positive change – both in people’s hearts and in the world around us. We just hadn’t found a model that did both things justice … until now”.