The award-winning Ealing singer who has sold 45 million records around the world but is almost unknown in UK

Posted on January 14th, 2022

Ealing isn’t the most obvious place you’d expect to bump into a world famous musician who has sold tens of millions of albums around the world, but it’s where Sami Yusuf spent much of his time as a young man while growing up in West London.

Born in Iran to Azerbaijani parents, Sami, now aged 41, spent the majority of his childhood in the late 1980s and early 90s moving around the London borough absorbing the diverse cultural influences around him.

Combining that with his inherited interest in music thanks to his dad, who himself was a music teacher, Sami was brought up with all the right ingredients to become the globally-known ‘mega star’ he is today, as has been previously put by the BBC and Time Magazine.