A Malaysian group of performers has recently attracted attention over their spiritual rendition of K-pop songs.
Following continuous criticisms regarding the content of K-pop songs that would sometimes include sexual innuendos in its lyrics and culturally insensitive imagery in their music video, a group called Rabithah of Tarbiah Sentap Records haw started to reimagine K-pop songs into more wholesome versions and fuse more spiritual advice and Islamic message into the lyrics.
Since the late 2010s, Rabithah – which members are made up of Mahdi, Ayman, Ridwan and Hakim Sufian – has released several cover versions of various K-pop songs, from BTS’ “Dynamite” and “Fake Love” being re-recorded as “Seruanku” and “Fikirlah” – two songs about the importance of preaching goodness to everybody and the importance of remembering the fragility of life, to BLACKPINK’s “Let’s Kill This Love” being re-envision as “Bersama Kau”, a song about one friend leading another to righteousness.
|Rabithah has also re-recorded BTS’ songs with more nasyid-like lyrics|
|Mahdi, Ayman, Ridwan and Hakim Sufian of Rabithah|
|Rabithah’s renditions are a welcome change|