Sami Yusuf

Sami Yusuf (Persian: ﺳﺎﻣﯽ ﯾﻮﺳﻒ‎‎, Azerbaijani: Sami Yusif; born 29 July 1980) is a British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist musician of Iranian Azerbaijani descent.[1][2][3]

In 2003 Yusuf released his first album Al-Mu`allim at the age of 23.[4] He released his second album My Ummah in 2005.[5] In October 2010, Yusuf’s third official album Wherever You Are was launched. Sami calls his genre of music “Spiritique”. Salaam is his fourth album, that was released on 22 December 2012. On 12 September 2014, Yusuf’s fifth official album “The Center” was released. In January 2015, Sami Yusuf’s sixth official album “Songs of the Way” was released.[6] His seventh album, Barakah, was released in February 2016

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Early life

An ethnic Azerbaijani[1][2] born in Tehran, Iran, Yusuf was raised in London from the age of three.[7] In one of his interviews Sami Yusuf said: Azerbaijan – my historical Motherland. My parents are Azerbaijanis, and grandparents were originally from Baku.[8] His father loaned him a book on the basics of the Tombak which Yusuf studied.[9][10] As a teenager he was a devotee of classical music and classical icons like Frédéric Chopin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, saying that he listened to Classic FM for hours a day.[11] He went on training professionally in several other instruments including the santoor, piano, violin, oud, setar, tar, and daf under the guidance of traditional teachers, as well as professional musicians.[citation needed] While producing and demo-recording for another singer, he became aware of his own singing abilities which were further developed by the encouragement of his family. Divided between pursuing a musical career and studying law at King’s College London, Yusuf opted for music while committed to “doing something dignified and respectable”.[11] Although he says that he has always been spiritual, he reconnected with his Islamic faith through a “religious awakening”[12] at the age of sixteen. Yusuf self-produced and released his debut album “Al-mu’allim” at the age of 23.[13]

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