Sami Yusuf - Spiritique Singer and Songwriter
Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Hadir Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Current Times…
Called London where a father loaned his young son a book on the basics of the Tombak (a single headed goblet drum). By the end of the day, Sami Yusuf had mastered the book it took his father's students months to learn.
In July 1980 in Tehran, Sami Yusuf was born into a musical family of Azeri origin. As he grew up in London, it became clear that he had an extraordinary affinity for music and musical instruments and would often compose his own music. So it came as no surprise to his friends and family when at the age of 18 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London.
However, the young man found himself undecided as to whether he wished to continue his study of music or go and study law at King's College London. Whichever path he chose, he wanted it to be a dignified and respectable profession. Eventually, he made his choice and went on to study music with many renowned musicians. Sami Yusuf became a versatile musician who, in addition to his talent for singing, learned to play the piano, violin, tar, tombak, santour, daf, tabla and oud.
In 2003, 23 year-old Sami Yusuf released his first album titled Al-Mu'allim that was a captivating mix of Eastern percussive instruments and Western melodies. It caused the term "Islamic Pop" to be coined due to its sweeping success and ever growing popularity across the Muslim world. In contrast, Sami Yusuf named this new genre "Spiritique" because he felt it redefined the interrelationship between music and spirituality. You can hear samples of the album's songs using the following widget:
A couple of years later, in July 2005, Sami Yusuf released his second album titled My Ummah which was released in both music and percussion versions. The success and popularity of the album, in particular the Afghani folkloric song Hasbi Rabi which became the biggest selling download in the Arab world and much of the Islamic world, led to Time Magazine dubbing Sami Yusuf as "Islam's Biggest Rockstar". Samples of this album can be heard using this widget:
Sami Yusuf's third album Without You, was released in January 2009 by his record label Awakening without his "blessings nor consent". His dispute with the record label lasted from 2008 through 2009 and ended when Sami Yusuf legally separated from the Awakening record label and signed a five year contract with UK based ETM International instead.
In October 2010, his third official album Wherever You Are was released. It revealed a new chapter in Sami Yusuf's musical career. The new album draws less on religious content. It is essentially a reflection of his worldview and a of diary of events, both global and personal, that occurred from 2007 through 2010. The below widget contains samples of these songs:
Over the years, Sami Yusuf has received a great deal of recognition for his work, including an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2009 from Roehampton University in Southwest London for his "extraordinary contributions to the field of music". He also topped the "500 Most Influential Muslims" list from 2009-2011 and is one of the BBC's "30 Most Famous Britons".
However, it is his charity work and humanitarianism that does Sami Yusuf the most honor and credit. He took part in charity events across the globe to benefit the hungry, the disabled, the abandoned and the victims of national disasters and war torn nations. He was also appointed as the first Global Ambassador of the Silatech initiative which seeks to engage “the public, private and civil society sectors to promote large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship and access to capital and markets for young people”.
In addition, many of his songs were written with a specific disaster or social problem in mind. For example, "Free" was about the empowerment of women, "Try Not to Cry" and "Make a Prayer" were written with Palestine and Darfur in mind. "In Every Tear, He is There" was written for Haiti and South Africa and "Hear Your Call" was written in reaction to the torrential monsoons that devastated Pakistan and affected 20 million lives in the summer of 2010. Finally, "I'm Your Hope" was dedicated to the Shabaab (youth) of the world in general and of the Arab Spring in particular. All of these songs and many others were released in multilingual format with Sami Yusuf singing in an unprecedented variety of languages including English, Arabic, Urdu, Malaysian, Persian and Turkish.
Due to his talent, intelligence, spirituality, humanitarianism, honesty and, yes, smiling face, Sami Yusuf has become more than just "Islam's Biggest Rock Star". He has become a public figure and role model that many people, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, respect, honor and admire. Not to mention how very good his Spiritique music and singing is.
Below are some of the more popular music videos by Sami Yusuf:
|In Every Tear, He is There||Hear Your Call|
|Healing||I'm Your Hope|
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- Names, Translations and Aliases:
- Sami Yusuf: سامي يوسف.
- Sami Yusuf: سامي يوسف.
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He performed this song at the RIS today was sipmly beautiful. He got the whole crowd into it. Everyone, please, PLEASE, don't download this song for free. by buying it on his website you are feeding 2 people in the horn of africa. if we don't come together and help them, they will suffer. It is only 79 cents. think of the little purchases we make that cost more. 79 cents. feed 2 people. i think that is worth more than anything else in the world.