Mujahid George (born December 23, 1987), often known simply as Mujahid is a South African R&B and Pop recording artist, actor and fashion model. Born and raised in Bo Kaap, Cape Town, he enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Mujahid made his mark in the early 2000s with his major cover version of Simply the Best, a cover of the diva Tina Turner.
After being invited to perform for the king of Malaysia twice for their 50 and 51 years of independence Mujahid George has made a mark in the Local Music industry. He continues to perform for the under privileged and supports lots of shelters for the abused Women and children, orphans etc. Mujahid continues to give back.
In 2010, he made it to the top 42 of SA Idols. After the concert “A Dream Come True”, which was a huge success, and after seeing Mujahid on TV, he was then given a Sponsorship from a Travel & Tourism Company.
Mujahid performs across the country and delivers every time he takes the stage. He is now the most wanted performing artist in the local music industry. Mujahid performed in Johannesburg and did 143 concerts night after night, he then flew down to Cape Town in the same year where directed and featured in the production “Collision of Rock & Classic” which ran for 2months. While doing this he was still performing in and around South Africa. Mujahid was also the presenter for the talent competition in Mitchells Plain called “Voice Search”.
Mujahid released his own music video in August 2014, and his first CD and DVD is set to be released soon.
Influences and legacy
Mujahid has cited various artists who have influenced his musical style. He grew up listening to songs of Anita Baker and Luther Vandross, but often credits his pop music hero, Michael Jackson, and rock n roll icon Tina Turner , as the reasons why he does music. He was exposed to the jazz music of Rachelle Ferrell, after singing Ferrell’s songs during his voice lessons. Mujahid cites influences from American artists such as Stevie Wonder, Beyonce Knowles, Gladys Knight, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Selena, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Fantasia Barrino, George Benson the Colombian singer Shakira. He also credits British singers Sade, Donna Summer ,and his favourite Canadian singer is Celine Dion. His favourite Artists from South Africa are Judith Sephuma, Emo Adams, Alistair Izobell, Ian Smith, Micasa, and the best all girl group of today in South Africa Jamali
Comments and critics from the media
Mujahid prominent use of melisma and other vocal ornamentation earns his both praise and criticism from critics and fans. He possesses a four octave vocal range which is huge for a male singer and has always been identified as the best entertainer today.
Emo Adams commented that he has the voice that defines the power, writing that his voice is “velvety yet tart, with an insistent flutter and reserves of soul belting”. Other critics praise his range and power.
Fouzia Van Der Fort of the Cape Argus writes, “Even when he’s coasting, he soars above the rest. It’s all in his voice—a superhuman instrument capable of punctuating any beat with goose-bump-inducing whispers or full-bore-roars, watching Mujahid Judge at the Westgate Mall Voice Search Competition and doing a guest performance you could immediately see the experience he had and how he makes any stage his home.
The media at the function of “a dream come true” says that it wasn’t what they expected and in all honesty they didn’t know that Mujahid was that much of an entertainer, performer and artist… they also stated that Mujahid is only starting to get his name out there, here’s a guy who has it all and who’ll go places. Well-done Mujahid and keep up with all the good that you do. They also declare “Mujahid is no ordinary performer… Mujahid could perform circles around any other performer today.” No worries of lip-synching here.