Kodor Zaher known by his stage name Karter Zaher (“KZ”) is a Lebanese Canadian songwriter, rapper and singer.
Background and education
Zaher was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University for a degree in English literature. That was where he met Jae Deen and both started the “Deen Squad” movement.
Karter Zaher is the founder of “Deen Squad” that launched in 2015, along with his partner Jae Deen.
The band received notable recognition for adding an Islamic twist to mainstream billboard hits – such as “God’s Plan” by Drake, “Havana” by Camilla Cabello, and many more. Their story was covered by BBC, CNN Arabia, The Fader and other news media.
The Deen Squad band reached over 200 million views and became the first Muslim hip-hop artists in the world to inspire the youth to Islam by creating “Halal Remixes”.
Zaher was influenced to write and rap by listening to Tupac and Eminem. He played a major role in developing Deen Squad since January 2015 but after his manager Sami Abboud shut him out of the company in May 2019, he became a solo artist and started his own record label named “Holy Sound”.
Zaher and his band headlined Canada’s 150th year celebration in Toronto and was the opening act for Justin Bieber on his purpose tour in Dubai.