Beyond the Stars (Live)

Date of release: 20 Nov, 2022

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  1. Knowing One Another (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Featured vocalist: Tayyar Bayramov

  2. The Journey (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Mode: Navā [with allusions to the Aeolian mode]

    Soloists:
    Erhu: Guo Gan
    Sitar: Asad Khan
    Balaban: Shirzad Fataliyev
    Ney: Eyüpcan Açıkpazu
    Rabab: Sami Yusuf

  3. For True Lovers (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Words by Yunus Emre
    Additional Arabic words by Mansur al-Hallaj
    Mawwāl section by Ibn Hubaish
    Mode: Uşak (Hüseyni)
    Featured vocalists: Nabyla Maan and Tayyar Bayramov

  4. The Fire Within (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Latin words by Hildegard of Bingen
    English words trans. from Mansur al-Hallaj
    Arabic Mawwāl by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari
    Mode: Aeolian [with allusions to traditional Andalusian modes]
    Featured vocalist: Nabyla Maan

    Soloists:
    Erhu: Guo Gan
    Santur: Farshad Mohammadi
    Sitar: Asad Khan

  5. I Have Come Alive (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Words by Rumi
    Arabic mawwāl section by Abu al-Qasim al-Qushayri
    Mode: Rast
    Featured vocalists: Nabyla Maan, Tayyar Bayramov

    Soloists:
    Tanbur: Seyed Ali Jaberi

  6. The Meeting (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Mode: Aeolian
    Sitar: Asad Khan
    Tar: Sami Yusuf
    Erhu: Guo Gan

  7. Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum (Stepping Into Light) (Live)

    Arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Music: Traditional Qawwali
    Lyrics by Amir Khusro, Bulleh Shah, Dr. Imed Nsiri
    Modes: Ahir Bhairav, Kafi
    Featured vocalists: Pooja Gaitonde, Riaz Hussain
    Vocal soloists: Tayyar Bayramov, Nabyla Maan

  8. Ya Nabi (Stepping Into Light) (Live)

    Arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Music: Traditional Qawwali
    Lyrics by Amir Khusro, Bulleh Shah, Dr. Imed Nsiri
    Modes: Ahir Bhairav, Kafi
    Featured vocalists: Pooja Gaitonde, Riaz Hussain
    Vocal soloists: Tayyar Bayramov, Nabyla Maan

  9. Mast Qalandar (Stepping Into Light) (Live)

    Arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Music: Traditional Qawwali
    Lyrics by Amir Khusro, Bulleh Shah, Dr. Imed Nsiri
    Modes: Ahir Bhairav, Kafi
    Featured vocalists: Pooja Gaitonde, Riaz Hussain
    Vocal soloists: Tayyar Bayramov, Nabyla Maan

  10. The Wine of Love (Live)

    Music composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Lyrics by Munna Shaokath Ali
    Main Refrain by Hazrat Zamin Ali
    Modes: Kafi, Bhairavi
    Featured vocalists: Pooja Gaitonde, Riaz Hussain

    Soloists:
    Santur: Farshad Mohammadi
    Sitar: Asad Khan

  11. ‘Nasimi’ / ‘Madad’ (Nasimi Arabic Version) (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Words by Imadeddin Nasimi
    Additional Arabic words by Muhammad al-Buzidi
    Mode: Shur
    Featured vocalists: Tayyar Bayramov, Nabyla Maan

    Soloists:
    Tanbur: Seyed Ali Jaberi
    Daf: Mohammad Jaberi

  12. Beyond the Stars (Live)

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Arabic lyrics by Mohammed El Ouafi
    Additional Azerbaijani lyrics by Aytan Ismikhanova
    Additional Hindi lyrics by Manoj Yadav
    Featured vocalists: Nabyla Maan, Pooja Gaitonde, Tayyar Bayramov

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Album Description

Sami Yusuf’s riveting performance ‘Beyond the Stars’ features eight new compositions and dynamic new arrangements of previous releases. Taking as its point of departure a Quranic injunction that nations and tribes are meant to know one another, this epic event brings together several musical traditions in deeply meaningful dialogue.

From Gregorian chant to Andalusian mawwals, from Middle Eastern melodic modes and rhythms to the euphoria of qawwali music and the poignant sound of the Chinese erhu, each shares its stories in a distinct musical language. Lyrics are drawn from beloved luminary figures and mystical poets – Hildegard of Bingen, Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari, Mansur al-Hallaj, Yunus Emre, Rumi, Imadeddin Nasimi, Amir Khusro, and Bulleh Shah. The entire concert is performed by master musicians on traditional instruments – rabab, tar, santur, qanun, ney, erhu, tanbur, kemanche, balaban, oud, sitar, tabla, dholak, and daf.

– Sami Yusuf performed ‘Beyond the Stars’ on two nights in Al Wasl Plaza at the Dubai EXPO. This YouTube release is a compilation of the two performances, mixed and mastered for optimal quality.

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