Sami Yusuf’s Biography
Sami Yusuf (born July 1980) is a British singer of Azeri descent. His first album, Al-Mu'allim, was released in July 2003 and attained huge success. His second album, My Ummah, which was released in 2005, comes in two versions, a musical version and one with just percussion.
Yusuf's music comprises mostly of songs about Islam and being a Muslim. At present he is fast becoming a very popular figure in the Muslim world, with his harmonic voice and inspiring lyrics.
Sami Yusuf was born on July 19, 1980. He was born into a musical family of Azeri origin and thus music played an integral part in his life. Sami’s initial training came from his father, who is an internationally renowned composer, poet, and a multitalented musician.
Sami grew up in London and learned to play several instruments at a very young age and gradually began to show a keen interest in singing and composing. He studied music at several institutions with renowned composers and musicians including composers from the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the world most prestigious music institutions.
Sami has been composing from a very young age and his beautiful voice is supplemented by his extensive knowledge of notes and harmonies. He has also a good understanding of music theory and the Middle Eastern modes (or Maqams).
Indeed, it is rare to find a person who has all these talents.
Sami is also a British Muslim who sees songs as a means of promoting the message of Islam and encouraging the youth to be proud of their religion and identity.
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