Rather than delve on self-pity watching his relatives live in tents, Khomenei, a Maguindanao pop artist and look-alike of Rustom Padilla, is fast creating a niche as a performer in Muslim-majority circles, especially the young.
His producers want him to be the frontliner for Muslim-inspired cultural shows and exchanges that would showcase the colorful and exquisite art of dance and music of the Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, Yakan, Iranun and other Muslim cultural groups in the Philippines. "Through this, we open the way to reminding the youth of today about their roots and their wonderful culture thereby countering strong Western pop influence. We make them appreciate the wonders and mystique of the Mindanao Muslim culture and we invite them to preserve this culture," said Samira Gutoc of the Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines.
In the future, concerts can be held to showcase Muslim-rooted artists like Bamboo and Jamer of Slapshock and all the local artists who are gaining ground in incorporating local Muslim dialects in modern music . Through this, we are creating inspiration for the youth, sending them a message that Muslims can be as great if not greater than the rest of the people in the world.
His next show along with actor-singer Diether Ocampo and singing lawyer Adel Tamano will be held on April 26 , 7pm at Manila Grand Regal Hotel, Sta Ana, Manila. Tickets are sold at 300 and 500 Pesos. Contact 09238668444, 09183146943, 09206283206.