1.Youngest recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Letters Award for “invaluable contribution to the field of music”.
2. 34 Million albums sold to date – eight studio albums released
3. One of Britain’s biggest exports of the past decade
4.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!
5.Composed and arranged music for the Film ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ with Omar Sharif
Sami Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity: The Guardian named him “the biggest British star in the Middle East”, Time Magazine dubbed him “Islam’s Biggest Rockstar”, while the United Nations has appointed him a UN Global Ambassador Against Hunger and recognized him as a promoter of world peace and harmony. Millions have come to know him as an iconic singer and his strikingly strong, clear voice is heard worldwide on radio, on TV, and in sold-out concert halls, stadiums, and city squares. But over time Sami Yusuf has proven to be much more. Those who follow his music recognize his enormous talent as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer while many others have come to know him through his influential humanitarian work.
The Islamic tradition has been animated by music since its inception. The musical recitation of the Qur’an has given birth to many other profound musical traditions, which have spread the barakah—or blessed presence of the Divine—throughout the world and across the centuries. This album is a collection of gems from the rich mines of these various traditions, carefully strung together to create a musical journey from Andalusia to the Indian subcontinent and across several hundred years of history. However, these traditions of Islamic music are not meant to take the listener back in time, but rather from time to the Eternal. This music echoes, not only with the cosmic “music of the spheres,” but also with the original Divine call and human response, which the Qur’an describes
Sami Yusuf (born 1980 in Tehran "Iran") is a British Iranian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, and humanitarian who grew up in London. Yusuf gained international attention with the release of his debut album, Al-Mu’allim, in 2003. Now with over 34 million albums sold, he performs at packed venues around the world.
There are many religious traditions on the island tied to the period of Holy Week before Good Friday. The most evocative of these are the Procession of the Apostles of Holy Thursday and the Procession of the Mysteries of Good Friday.
History of sami yusuf music
Spiritique' is the name Yusuf has given to his unique musical style that blends elements of Western and Eastern sounds. The overarching theme of Yusuf's lyrics is one of an inclusive spirituality.His first album, Al-Mu’allim, in English with some Arabic lyrics, became a huge success especially across North Africa and the Middle East.It was followed by My Ummah, and together album sales quickly reached 10 million.Yusuf has performed across five continents. His concerts— including ones at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Wembley Arena in London, and the Velodrome in Cape Town, South Africa— are sold out. 250,000 people came to hear him perform in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Time Magazine called Yusuf "Islam's Biggest Rock Star" The Guardian wrote of him, "The Biggest Star in the Middle East is a Brit"
During the rule of Charles V the island was granted to the D'Avalos family. Pirate raids continued during this period. Particularly notable was one in 1534, led by the infamous Turk admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa.
The Napoleonic Wars brought several episodes of devastation due to the island's strategic position in the naval engagements between French and English. In 1860, after the fall of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the island became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.