Saracen and Indigo Jo blog about Yvonne Ridley's scathing attack on nasheed concerts and Sami Yusuf in particular. Saracen disagrees with the idea of an Islamic pop culture. I think we need firmer grounds on which to criticise than just simply saying it's copying Western precepts.
It's not just about aping other people or commercialisation. For many, music is something that uplifts the soul. People can identify with lyrics that chime with their daily experiences or a life crisis.
Personally, I'm really not into the nasheed scene, but more for the reason of me thinking it's not up to much yet. Lyrically, the songs are so basic and in your face. The best of Western music is poetic with a lot of the hidden meanings. There isn't that depth yet to the Islamic stuff. Then there's the fact that many of the biggest artists may have nice voices, but they are not performers. On stage, they are completely wooden, lacking in basic charisma.
If anyone thinks this too harsh, yes the nasheed scene is still in it's infancy and no doubt over the years, talent will develop.