NOOR is an American Muslim band that brings a unique flavor to the soundscape of Muslim music and artistry. Drawing on their heritage as descendant's of the spiritually-rich East and their upbringing in the young and modern West, NOOR has developed a voice that is unique to the Western Muslim audience and yet familiar to Islamic traditions. NOOR's sound reflects the individual talents and styles of its members, offering a variety of styles that carries people on a spiritual and emotional journey that celebrates life, family, and a dedication to Allah and His Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. NOOR has released two albums - A New Day Begins (2010) and All for You (2007).
Noor has shared the stage with internationally known artists such as Sami Yusuf, Maher Zain, Zain Bhikha, Native Deen, Junaid Jamshed, Seven-8-Six, Outlandish, sound of Reason, Yahya Hawa, and Muhammad Abu Ratib. These artists and others have helped make traditional nasheed mainstream by producing high quality songs with classic, wholesome lyrics and music. Noor, alongside these pioneers of modern nasheed, aims to offer Muslims around the world a hip Islamic alternative to standard commercialized music.
The mission of Straightway Entertainment is to enlighten the listener while upholding the standards of good music. The music of Straightway Entertainment reinforces the principles and belief system of Islam while recognizing that none of us are perfect. Much of the music addresses the social, political, and economic conditions of Muslims throughout the world. But also included, are the daily struggles of those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged here in the U.S., and around the globe. At the same time, the lyrics are down to earth and can be related to by anyone on multi-levels; sometimes provoking deep thoughts for self reflection as an individual or as a member of a community, while at other times providing the motive for a smile.
Omar Elba is an Egyptian-born actor/comic living in Los Angeles, California. Within a few months of doing stand-up, Omar has taken the comedy world by storm and has received international recognition from producers and seasoned comics alike. His accolades include a spot on SHOWTIME’s ‘Legally Brown,’ which premiers May 2011, and participation in comedy festivals and shows all over the world. Some of his credits include shows in New York, Texas, the Middle East, and in his home state of California. Having lived in Egypt, Europe and the U.S.A., his material appeals to a wide variety of audiences. His experiences and interactions with people from all over the globe, from the street vendors of Cairo to the gun-totin’ cowboys of Texas, have given Omar the unique insight of finding humor in all types of crazy this world has to offer! His ability to mimic voices and mannerisms brings these characters to life in hilarious impressions. Omar can be seen on the current documentary "The Muslims are Coming" and on shows NCIS:LA on CBS and upcoming shows on NBC.