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When I was performing ‘Fiyyashiyya’ live at the Fes Festival I had the magical feeling of completing a circle. I had performed the work at other events in other countries, but bringing it home to Morocco was truly fulfilling. I arranged this unique version especially for the remarkable group of musicians who accompanied me here, including the outstanding Moroccan vocalist Ismail Boujia and his group of accomplished singers. SY
Watch Now: https://sy.lnk.to/Fiyyashiyya-YT
‘A Timeless Presence’ just reached 4 million views. Deepest thanks to everyone for continuing to support this work. It’s truly gratifying to know that this traditional sound is being loved and shared by so many around the world. This is not just any music – it’s the purest and most powerful way of understanding a people, culture and civilisation because its source isn’t found in this world of superficiality and forgetfulness. It’s found in the unseen world. It contains an echo of eternity.
On a personal note, this music – and traditional music in general – is the music I love the most. These are the musical forms that speak to me. By drawing deep from the beauty and wisdom that can be found in this art, I find joy and fulfilment. It’s a great honour to know that we are leaving something behind for the next generation as we celebrate these sublime cultural expressions. Thank you all for being with me on this journey. SY
You are the river, I am a drop
I am a shadow of Your splendour
– Munna Shaokath Ali
‘The Wine of Love’ that we recorded live at the Dubai EXPO is available now on video and all streaming platforms.
As is often the case with my compositions, I wrote the melody for ‘The Wine of Love’ all in one sitting. When I wanted to find lyrics from the world of Sufi poetry, my friend AR Rahman put me in touch with Munna Shaokath Ali, a brilliant poet and lyricist from India. Munnaji wrote words for the melody and incorporated a refrain by Hazrat Zamin Ali.
Getting the piece right took many rehearsals, because it unfolds in unexpected ways. The meter changes several times throughout the piece, and the mode also changes. The fluidity of its transitions is meant to evoke the different states and stages the soul travels through on its spiritual journey.
Immense thanks to acclaimed sitarist Asad Khan, the featured vocalists Riaz Hussain and Pooja Gaitonde, and all the incredibly talented musicians who brought their absolute best to this beautiful piece. It has turned out to be one of the works I’m most proud of. It was a real delight to perform it at EXPO in front of a live and receptive audience. Its spirit of transcendent love definitely affected us all.
A studio version of ‘The Wine of Love’ will feature on my forthcoming album ‘Ecstasy’.
Listen/Watch Now: https://sy.lnk.to/TheWineOfLove
Watch the full concert: https://sy.lnk.to/BeyondtheStars
#samiyusuf #qawwali #sufimusic
My thoughts on our recent performance at Expo 2020 Dubai: https://samiyusufofficial.com/beyond-the-stars/
#beyondthestars #expo2020 #samiyusuf
I’m excited to release ‘Beyond the Stars’ on 23 November. It’s the full live concert performed last month at Al Wasl Plaza in the centre of the Dubai EXPO and it features 8 new compositions. Looking forward to your response!
#beyondthestars #samiyusuf #expo2020
I’m truly honoured to be performing at #expo2020dubai.
I’ll be premiering brand new works composed exclusively for this event and will be joined by an ensemble of brilliant international musicians.
I hope to see you all October 22-23.
#samiyusuf #expo2020 #DubaiExpo2020
Q&A with Sami Yusuf (Part 1) - “Where are you from?"
Sami Yusuf - Healing (The House Concert) youtu.be/YcPJJOGihFs
#Healing #SamiYusuf #TheHouseConcert
‘Although I ask my beloved for a blessing to ease my aching heart;
Should my beloved ask what it is my wild heart desires,
I do not know.’
‘Karitas’ is about love. It’s a journey across soundscapes of love. It’s neither linear nor geographical. It’s all-encompassing love that speaks in clear crisp notes reminiscent of Gregorian chant; in Azerbaijani mugham it’s love that pierces the soul with its beauty; in classical Arabic maqams it’s the beating heart of love that draws us ever further on this mystical path. And the spiritually intoxicating improvisations from the worlds of the Chinese erhu, European choral music, and Andalusian mawwal embrace us with unexpected tenderness. Modes and poetry of several lands weave a tapestry of sound where each voice adds to a singular beauty that transcends them all.
The brilliant musicians of @cappellaamsterdam, the @amsterdam_andalusian_orchestra, and my ensemble breathed the spirit of life into this piece with their mastery of complex concepts, emotional meaning, and profound wisdom. Their expressive capabilities made it an absolute delight to work with each of them.
‘Karitas’ is a composition very close to my heart. I’m delighted to share it here.
‘Divine love abounds in all things,
From the deepest depths to the exalted stars.’
– Hildegard of Bingen
Listen/Watch Now: SY.lnk.to/Karitas
#karitas #samiyusuf #hollandfestival #whenpathsmeet
I’m so pleased to be spending some time in Germany 🇩🇪 , the home of two of the luminaries whose mystical writings I wove into my When Paths Meet concert – Hildegard von Bingen and Meister Eckhart. SY
It’s here in London that I first encountered choral works of towering geniuses – Bach, Mozart, Handel, Verdi & many others. ‘When Paths Meets’ draws on those sounds that continue to deeply impact me. I look forward to sharing the concert with you soon. SY
“Among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and colours. In these are signs for those who know.” (30:22)
Wishing you all an experience of His beautiful signs on this day and each day in the year to come.
Eid Mubarak Everyone.
Love and Prayers,
I’m excited to be in the studio finishing some new works for the Holland Festival in Amsterdam! Join me June 6 2022 when I launch the first performance of my concert series ‘When Paths Meet’. I’ll be directing Capella Amsterdam, The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and my ensemble of international musicians in a rich interweaving of traditions.
Look forward to seeing you there! SY
Sami Yusuf’s new video playlist ‘Ascent’ is out now. These compositions have been carefully curated to elevate and inspire. Music is the spark that sets fire to the soul and burns with a flame that lights our way forward. ‘Ascent’ is an offering to all travelers setting out on the journey to the unseen world.
Watch Now: https://sy.lnk.to/Ascent-Playlist
What is lost when the last note is sounded?
Many cultures and languages, along with the music that has traditionally expressed them, are fast disappearing around the world. I was asked to share my thoughts on this for the publication UNESCO: The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. @unesco
Read the article here: https://samiyusufofficial.com/the-last-note/
For more information on the publication: https://www.khalili.foundation/cultural-diversity/
#samiyusuf #unesco #khalilifoundation
You have lit the fire
I have come alive
Lift me ever higher
I have come alive
I’m truly delighted to announce the release of ‘Beyond the Stars’, the concert I gave on two nights at @expo2020dubai. This version is a compilation of the two performances, mixed and mastered for optimal quality.
My vision for this event was to express in sound the ways we come to know, to appreciate, and to love one another. Many highly skilled artists of diverse backgrounds joined me in a free-flowing musical dialogue.
Deepest thanks to each and every one who shared the vision and made it a reality. Enjoy!
#samiyusuf #beyondthestars #expo2020
I’m very pleased to announce my forthcoming composition, ‘Qarabağımsan (Land of the Nightingales’). With allusions to symphonic mugham, it’s a work of love and longing for the eternal beauty of Karabakh, and I’m joined in its performance by outstanding musicians from Azerbaijan.
Watch this space for my ‘Qarabağımsan (Land of the Nightingales)’ release in early 2022.
#qarabagimsan #samiyusuf #landofthenightingales
Q&A with Sami Yusuf (Part 2) - “How would you describe your music?"