Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Sami Yusuf is a British composer, singer and an accomplished musician. He was born in July 1980 into a musical family of Azeri origin, thus music played an integral part in his life.

Sami learnt to play several instruments at a very young age and gradually began to show a keen interest in singing and composing. He studied music at several institutions and with renowned composers and musicians including composers from the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the world most prestigious music institutions.

Sami has been composing from a very young age and his beautiful voice is supplemented by his extensive knowledge of music theory and harmony. He has also a good understanding of the Middle Eastern modes (or Maqams).

To his credit, Sami has sold over a million copies of his debut album 'al-Mu'allim' and his second album 'My Ummah' is exceeding sales of three million copies worldwide.

Sami is a devout Muslim who sees songs as a means of promoting the message of love, mercy, peace and tolerance and encouraging the youth to be proud of their religion and identity.

To date he has performed at sell out concerts in over 30 countries across the world from Istanbul to Casablanca, from USA to Germany. The concert in Turkey drew an audience of over 200,000, his biggest concert so far.

"Sami Yusuf is the biggest name in Muslim Music - anywhere" The Independent

"Islam's biggest Rock Star" - Time Magazine

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