About Sami Yusuf

A Messenger of Love

Introduction

British composer Sami Yusuf is viewed as one of the most influential musicians of our time in the field of world music traditions.Trained from an early age in both Western and Middle Eastern classical music, his impressive body of work reflects his deep mastery of multiple musical languages. As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist, at festivals and anchor events worldwide, his large-scale works shine with beauty and depth.

What dazzles his listeners is his ability to move fluidly and authentically among genres as diverse as qawwali, Persian classical, Middle Eastern Sufi music, flamenco, and Western classical. Dubbed ‘a megastar’ by the BBC, the numbers bear this out: over 45 million albums sold, over a billion downloads, sold out concerts at Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, and an audience of 250,000 in an open-air performance in Istanbul. His recent events include the ‘When Paths Meet’ series at the Holland Festival and the Paris Philharmonic, ‘Beyond the Stars’ at the Dubai EXPO, and ‘A Timeless Presence’ at the UNESCO World Congress.

In-Depth

Here’s more on some of Sami Yusuf’s major accomplishments:

  • Youngest recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Letters Award for “invaluable contribution to the field of music”.
  • Over 45 million albums sold to date – nine studio albums released
  • One of Britain’s biggest exports of the past decade
  • Performs to sold-out venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America, and North Africa. In Istanbul over 250,000 people attended Sami Yusuf’s concert in Taksim Square—making it one of the largest live concert gatherings ever!
  • Composed and arranged music for the Film ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ with Omar Sharif
  • Composed and performed ‘The Gift of Love’ (the first global interfaith anthem for the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week)
  • ‘Supplication’ used for the Golden-Globe award nominated film ‘The Kite Runner
  • Founder of the Spiritique genre and Spiritique Foundation

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