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Composed, arranged and performed by Sami Yusuf
Words by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Performed live at the Dubai Opera, musically speaking, this piece is a marriage between East and West. The composition incorporates traditional instruments of the eastern and western parts of the Muslim world underpinned by a Western/European modal system. This piece showcases the superb virtuosity of the musicians for it stretches the boundaries of what can be played on such instruments. The subject is the Supreme Reality (known in the Islamic tradition as ALLAH), which according to the Islamic tradition has ninety-nine beautiful Names. Some are ’Jamālī’ (feminine/beautiful) and some as ‘Jalālī’ (masculine/majestic). Sami Yusuf’s composition strikes a balance between the two as do the profound lyrics.
For this special performance, an open call went out to singers in the UAE to audition for the choir. A panel of judges helped choose the winners who embarked on rigorous training before their captivating live performance.
PERFORMERS (From right to left):
Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf, Bendir, Dayre & Vocals
Ömer Avci: Dohol, Bendir, Kudum & Vocals
Abbas Karacan: Bass Darabuka, Bendir & Tef
Mustafa Olgan: Qanun & Vocals
Selim Boyaci: Oud & 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
Guest Backing Vocalists for ‘Glorification’:
Abdallah Taha El-Khatib
Maria Ollero Sunyer
Hajar El Harrak
Yara Mohamed Ahmed Amin
Hamed Al Herbawi
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
Colour Grading @ Elements Cine Productions
Filmed by 2Shoes (London, UK)
Graphic Design & Artwork: Kwame Busia
Additional Graphics & Design: Mahdi Jahangir
*Special thanks to ‘Nassim Al-Saba’ Choir, Dubai Opera and the casting judges: Zoe Richards, Shaza Shannan, Joseph Fowler and Ahmed Salim.
*Filmed live thanks to the generous support of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
Learn More: samiyusufofficial.com/live-dubai-opera-out-now/
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