Sami Yusuf, British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and accomplished musician, arrived in Guyana yesterday.
He is here to perform on September 28 at the Guyana National Stadium, and a sold out crowd is very much anticipated by organizers- Inspire Inc. in collaboration with the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) and the Muslim Youth League of Guyana.
Tickets are available at West Demerara and Georgetown locations including: CIOG Office Woolford Ave, Thomas Lands; Gulzar Namdar-76,Meten Meer Zorg West; Ashraf Allie-Parika Outfall, WCD; Imran Hussain (Wolf-Furniture Store) -Leonora Public Road; Roy Hussain Discount Store – Vreed En Hoop stelling;
General Admission: Adult – $2,500; General Admission Child – $1,500; Gold Adult – $5,000 and Gold Child – $3,500.
Sami Yusuf is an accomplished musician of international acclaim, endowed with a strong cultural affiliation to music.
He studied music with several renowned composers, including those from one of the world’s most prestigious music institutes – the Royal Academy of Music in London. He believes that music is his destiny.
Sami learned to play several musical instruments including the piano, violin, tar, tombak, santour, daf and tabla to name a few, at a very young age. He bore the passion to etch a mark in the world of music, which he indelibly did with the release of his groundbreaking debut album, ‘Al-Muallim,’ an album composed, produced and sung by him.
The young, British-Muslim instantly became the talk of the town in lands as far and diverse as Egypt and Turkey. The album not only sold well over 3 million copies but also earned him a massive following in the Middle East, North African nations and South-East Asia.
Charmed by his good looks and heartwarming mannerism , the ‘young’ amongst his fans would emulate what they saw in Sami – a leader. In an unprecedented manner, an artist-fan tandem flourished with subsequent release of My Ummah, Sami’s highly acclaimed second album, selling well over 4 million copies.
Sami was soon headlining CNN, the BBC, ABC, Al Jazeerah, not to mention, every mainstream TV channel in the Middle East and Turkey. Hailed by Time magazine as ‘Islam’s biggest Rock Star’ and ‘The most famous British Muslim in the World’ by The Guardian, it was only a matter of time before sheer dynamism of what the media dubbed a ‘popular act’ became the subject matter of think-tank studies.
Transnational Broadcasting Studies, in two separate papers lauded Sami’s state-of-the-art music videos ‘a beacon of positivity and substance;’ his music an alternative and competitor to the mainstream Western music. His success was soon acknowledged by the University of Roehampton in south-west London, as a result of which, Sami became the first and youngest Muslim recipient of the honorary Doctor of Letters award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to music. In attainment of this prestigious award, he not only stands alongside Mark Twain, J.K Rowling and Robert Frost but is also one of only three musicians in the world to be ever honored thus.
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