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About the Performance:

‘Knowing One Another’ opened Sami Yusuf’s ‘Beyond the Stars’ live performance at the Dubai EXPO. Composed for the event and arranged for the particular grouping of musicians assembled there, this is the shimmering music, full of yearning and hope, of seekers setting out on a journey of discovery. Inspired by the Quranic verse, “O mankind! Truly We created you from a male and a female, and We created you peoples and tribes that you may come to know one another.” (49:13)

The composition unveils the deep knowing that comes from hearing the music of distant lands, not only in the instruments used but in the way it moves from the pentatonic scale of the first refrain to the harmonic scale of the second refrain to the riveting mugham sections. From Tayyar Bayramov’s stunning mugham solo that foreshadows the treasures ahead, the instrumental piece unfolds in rhythmic melodies moving from santur to tanbur, ney, baglama and erhu, all underscored by the choir’s rich vocalisations. Once onstage, Sami Yusuf delivers a stirring vocal performance in dastagh rast whose grace is matched by its power. The flowing visual effects perfectly reflect the music’s fluidity and sense of movement.

Recorded live over two nights at Al-Wasl Plaza at the Dubai EXPO.

The full concert can be heard here:


Composer and Musical Director: Sami Yusuf

The Instrumentalists:

Eyüpcan Açıkpazu: ney
Togrul Asadullayev: kemanche
Omer Avci: percussion
Selim Boyaci: oud
Onur Cicin: qanun
Shirzad Fataliyev: balaban
Guo Gan: erhu
Fariz Huseynov: kemanche
Mohammad Jaberi: daf
Seyed Ali Jaberi: tanbur
Asad Khan: sitar
Jon Lawton: classical guitar, tanbur
Khalil Masimov: kemanche
Farshad Mohammadi: santur
Lyudmila Naumova: orchestral percussion
Kutay Ozcan: baglama
Rufat Xalilov: kemanche
Manoj Kumar Moothedath: Dholak
Sudheesh Kakkur: Tabla


Narmin Abdullayeva
Nigar Asgarova
Nancy Al Baltaji
Abdulrazzak Barma
Mahsati Jabbarova
Rufat Khalilov
Nazim Mahmudov
Karim Hodroj-Remmel
Abeer El Sayed
Ismayil Yunusov

Music Production Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios

Video editing and post-production by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahangir

Christine Höchstötter
Katherine O’Brien
Claire Mcrandal
Vishnu Rajan
Omar Al Balushi

Show and Content Producers: Artists In Motion

For further information on the compositions:

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