On my desk in front of me I have four copies of the Sami Yusuf CD, 'al-mu allim' which I'd like to share with the readers of this blog :-)
I've been having a clear out of the office and found multiple copies in one of the more remote corners.
So if you'd like a copy of the CD (dusted, unused and still in the plastic wrappers - I'll pay for postage and packing), leave your email addy or full address at: firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments box below. Deadline is: Friday 27th March, 2009.
FYI: Sami's biography, as posted on www.bestuff.com
Sami Yusuf was born in July 1980 in Tehran, Iran, but he grew up in London, UK. Sami is a practicing Muslim who sees songs as a means of promoting the message of Islam and encouraging the youth to be proud of their religion and identity.
Sami learned to play several instruments at a very young age and gradually began to show a keen interest in singing and composing. He studied under several composers who had graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
As Sami mentions in his interviews, at the age of sixteen, he was spiritually awakened. He wanted to leave music and do something for Islam. He even thought about joining Law School as an alternative, but his friend Bara Kherigi persuaded him otherwise.
In 2003 he started working on Al Mu`alim (The Teacher), his first album. Sami and his friends started their company or foundation by the name of Awakening which produces musical products all over the world.
Sami can speak fluent English, Persian and Azeri, Sami has also performed many songs in Arabic, Urdu and Turkish. His song "supplication" was used in the soundtrack of the film The Kite Runner.
Sami Yusuf has performed in the UK, Middle East, United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Germany, France, Holland, Turkey, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, Austria and many other countries.
He has also released six music clips.