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Sami Yusuf Biography Facts
Sami Yusuf has been appeared in channels as follow: Awakening Music, Sami Yusuf, Andante Records.
Born 21 July, 1980 (41 years old).
What is the zodiac sign of Sami Yusuf ?
According to the birthday of Sami Yusuf the astrological sign is Cancer .
Career of the Sami Yusuf started in 2003 .
Sami Yusuf Wiki
|Sami Yusuf in 2011|
|Born||21 July 1980
|Occupation||Musician composer record producer singer songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals piano keyboard violin tar santur tabla tonbak oud daf|
|Labels||Awakening Records ETM International Sony Music Warner Music Group Andante Records Fairwood Music|
|Associated acts||Ian Brown Conner Reeves Benson Taylor Hossein Nasr Rahat Fateh Ali Khan A.R. Rahman Abida Parveen|
Sami Yusuf is an Iranian-born British Muslim singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, and humanitarian. Yusuf gained international attention with the release of his debut album, Al-Mu`allim, in 2003. Now with over 34 million albums sold, he performs at venues around the world. His work and popularity were covered by most major media outlets, including BBC, CNN, Reuters, among others. As of 2020, Yusuf has released 8 studio albums, 5 live albums, 1 compilation album, and multiple singles throughout his career. His studio albums were mostly released by Awakening Records and Andante Records.
Besides his native English, Sami has performed in Arabic, Azeri, Turkish, and Urdu, sometimes in the same work, as was the case with his hit, Hasbi Rabbi. His work is marked by blending different musical styles and genres, including elements from Sufi, folk, and Rock music. He used his multilingual and multi-instrumentalist style to address social, spiritual, and humanitarian issues. In recognition of his philanthropy, in 2014, Yusuf was appointed United Nations Global Ambassador for the World Food Programme.
Sami Yusuf was born in 1980 in Tehran to Azerbaijani parents. His grandparents are from Baku, Azerbaijan, which they left to Britain when it was recaptured by the Bolsheviks after the First World War. From an early age, Yusuf showed great interest in music. He was influenced by the wide range of musical genres available to him in his home town of Ealing in West London, immersing himself especially in Western classical music and Middle Eastern music. He learned the piano and violin as well as traditional instruments including the oud, setar, and tonbak. At the age of 16, Yusuf experienced a spiritual revival that made him become a "more committed Muslim". In 2003, although considering pursuing a career in law, he produced and released his first album. It quickly became an international success and launched Yusuf's professional music career. Yusuf studied music as a composition student at the prestigious Royal Academy, as well as at Salford University in north-west England.
Spiritique is the name Yusuf has given to his unique musical style that blends elements of Western and Eastern sounds. The overarching theme of Yusuf's lyrics is one of an inclusive spirituality. His first album, Al-Mu’allim, in English with some Arabic lyrics, became a huge success especially across North Africa and the Middle East. It was followed by My Ummah, and together album sales quickly reached 10 million. Yusuf has performed across five continents. His concerts— including ones at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Wembley Arena in London, and the Velodrome in Cape Town, South Africa— sold out. 250,000 people came to hear him perform in Taksim Square in Istanbul.Time called Yusuf "Islam's Biggest Rock Star", while The Guardian wrote of him, "The Biggest Star in the Middle East is a Brit".
Notable tours and concert performances
Playing in Farum Arena, Denmark, Grugahalle in Germany, and De Doelen in the Netherlands, Yusuf introduced his forthcoming album, Wherever You Are. He performed in Azerbaijan for the first time in 2006, for the second time in 2015 , and 22 March 2017 in Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku, 250,000 people attended his performance in Taksim Square in Istanbul to see Yusuf perform in 2013. Yusuf has played across four continents, packing venues such as Wembley Arena in London, Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and The Velodrome in Cape Town, South Africa. He sings in English, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Azeri, Malay and Urdu and is backed by a range of both classical and ethnic instruments. Yusuf also performed in Washington DC.
Yusuf performed in Dubai for the first time in December 2016. He premiered the song "Glorification", inspired by the poetry of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Since early in his professional career, Yusuf has participated in humanitarian initiatives through performing benefit concerts, releasing charity singles, and acting on behalf of organizations working to relieve suffering and poverty. In response to the 2010 Pakistan floods that wreaked havoc in the country and affected 20 million lives in the summer of 2010, he promptly released a charity single entitled "Hear Your Call", performed in English and Urdu, to raise funds for the displaced Pakistanis in a joint-effort with the UN-sponsored charity organization Save the Children.
In 2014, he was appointed "UN Global Ambassador" for the World Food Programme.
Although a Shia Muslim by birth, Sami declared that he has embraced Sunni Islam while growing up. He has been married to a German woman since c. 2005. Sami spoke of his background as "diverse" and cited this as evidence for his "tendency to bring people together".