Sami Yusuf – The Dawn (Live)

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Sami Yusuf - The Dawn (Live)

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Composed, arranged and performed by Sami Yusuf
Dastgāh/Mode: Shūr-Aeolian

‘The Dawn’ begins our journey into the soul of Sami Yusuf’s repertoire. Masterfully arranged, this original composition by Sami Yusuf incorporates both Eastern and Western modal systems. A seamless marriage of the Orient and the Occident (representing Sami Yusuf’s own identity), it pushes through boundaries and incorporates instruments from the eastern and western parts of the Islamic world. We hear the distinct sounds of Persia, Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, Syria, the far east to China, then move west to Greece and Andalusia. The sounds join at times yet each individual land’s voice is heard. On this musical odyssey we perceive that the love of the sacred unites us all and that our destinies are intertwined.

PERFORMERS (From right to left):

Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf, Bendir, Dayre & vocals
Ömer Avci: Dohol, Bendir, Kudum & vocals
Abbas Karacan: Bass Darabuka, Bendir & Tef
Selim Boyaci: Oud & vocals
Mustafa Olgan: Qanun & vocals
Seyed Ali Jaberi: Tanbour, Tar & vocals
Türker Dinletir: Ney, Zourna & vocals
Adem Tosunoglu: Baglama, Tanbur, Kemançe & vocals
Farshad Mohammadi: Santoor & vocals
Jon Lawton: Classical Guitar, Tanbour & vocals


Sami Yusuf: Vocal, Piano, Tar, Oud & Tonbak

Backing Vocalists (From the right):

Sami Mohammad Ahmad Alhaj: Bass
AbdulRazzak Barma: Baritone
Abeer El Sayed Ahmad: Mezzo-Soprano
Nancy Al Baltaji: Contra-Alto


Recorded and filmed at the Dubai Opera on the 16th of December 2016, this concert explores traditions from over one thousand years of the cultural and sacred music of Andalusia, North Africa, Arabia, Khorasan (Greater Persia) and Asia. Sung in multiple languages (including English, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Azeri), this exhilarating performance by the multi-instrumentalist, composer and renowned singer Sami Yusuf brings together world-class musicians from around the globe to take listeners on a musical journey of discovery.


Executive Producers: Ahmed Salim, Sami Yusuf, Christine Hoechstoetter

Recording Engineer: Peter Herrmann
Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video Editing and Postproduction by Omar Habib @ Andante Studios
Filmed by 2Shoes (London, UK).

Graphic Design & Artwork: Kwame Busia
Additional Graphics & Design: Mahdi Jahangir

Published by Andante Records & Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World

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