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Celebrate Eid al-Fitr with Sami Yusuf

Sami Yusuf brings his music influenced by his proud Turkish heritage and music inspired by the Sufi tradition to Australia for the very first time.

24 Haziran 2016 Cuma 14:31
Celebrate Eid al-Fitr with Sami Yusuf
Sami Yusuf, the founder of the Spiritique genre is touring Australia for the very first. He will perform in Melbourne on Wednesday 6 July and in Sydney on Friday 8 July 2016. The concerts coincide with the end of the Holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
“I do know that Australia is unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable,” he told Hurrıyet. “Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about Australia.

“At the moment, it would be fair to say that my wife knows a lot more than me of the two countries, as sadly, neither geography nor orientation have been my forte,” said Mr Yusuf. When we asked him if he would like to shoot one of his music videos in Australia, he replied: “it would be a privilege to do a music video there.”

Sami Yusuf has been around music from a very early age and grew up in a musical family. His dad is a renowned musician and songwriter.

“It’s important to share that I come from a very rich culturally cultivated household which was frequented by notable maestros on a regular basis,” Mr Yusuf told Hurrıyet.

“My father studied composition at the University of Tehran and received tutelage in the Kamanche under the late Ustad Ali Asghar Bahari as well maestro Ali Tajvidi. He was also one of the last few to have met (and briefly studied under) Maestro Abol Hasan Saba.”

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.”

He went on training professionally in several other instruments including the santoor, piano, violin, oud, setar, tar, and daff under the guidance of traditional teachers, as well as professional musicians.

Although he says that he has always been spiritual, he reconnected with his Islamic faith through a "religious awakening" at the age of sixteen. Yusuf self-produced and released his debut album "Al-mu'allim" at the age of 23.

The transcendent message of traditional music, and the sense of the sacred sit at the core of his passions. Sami vehemently believes that all the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth.

Music for him is an expression of Divine love and the love of all the great traditions. These pure beliefs shine through in his singing, composition, and the arrangement and performance of vocals where he prefers the use of traditional instruments to more modern ones.

With over 34 million albums sold to date, he’s been able to reach and positively influence people from all corners of the world and bring them closer together. His lyrics are a clear expression of his yearning for peace and harmony with rhythms inspired by global traditions, and melodies spun from all lived truths. He sings in many languages including English, Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Urdu.

With the Guardian recognising him as the biggest British star in the Middle-East, and the United Nations appointing him as both the World's Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Sami Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity.

Earlier this year, Sami Yusuf released his new album titled “Barakah”. It has been a huge success making to the number one of many charts including iTune’s World Music chart.

“Barakah is a celebration of our traditional musical heritage,” Mr Yusuf told Hurrıyet. It is a compilation of classical Sufi songs celebrating the love of God. This album celebrates over a 1000 years of musical tradition and heritage in several languages from many parts of the Muslim world, including Morocco, Egypt, Kurdistan, Persia, Indian, Pakistan and Turkey.”

The release of this album is a call, an invitation, to return to the beauty of the spiritual and artistic traditions, and to resist the centrifugal forces that are pulling us away from The Centre and creating an unbalanced world. This album aspires to be a fragrant breeze that calls us back to the Garden that resides in all of us, at the Centre.

Sami Yusuf released his rendition of the great masterpiece “Mast Qalandar” in May 2016. It has already been viewed on YouTube more than 1.3 million times. It is a traditional Qawwali song in Punjabi and Urdu composed by Master Ashiq Hussain of Pakistan and was made widely popular by many Pakistani and Indian singers, most notably by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

His fans have embraced his very first visit to Australia. With tickets starting at $59, Melbourne tickets are selling fast and the Sydney show is almost sold-out, with only 20% of the tickets left.

Sami Yusuf and his ensemble are playing at some of Australia’s best venues: Melbourne’s Sir Robert Blackwood Concert Hall at Monash University and Sydney’s Concert Hall at The Concourse in Chatswood.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Robert Blackwood Hall (Monash University)
Tickets from $59
Book online Monash.edu/mapa
Box Office (03) 9905 1111

Friday, 8 July 2016
The Concourse (Chatswood)
Tickets from $59
Book online Ticketek.com.au
Box Office (02) 9020 6966

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