Dryer Lands 

Just when your soul is craving some answers, you come across all sorts of signs that lead you back to the place where your heart first found real peace. Today it came in the form of a song I heard by chance. This amazing ballad is sung by British singer Sami Yusuf. Today I’d like to share a video for the first time on my blog. I hope that when you hear this song you’d feel uplifted and empowered. 

For those who don’t know Sami Yusuf,  he is a British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist musician of Iranian Azerbaijani descent, who was born in Tehran, Iran. His real name Siamal Baranjan (Radmanesh).

In 2003, Yusuf released his first album “Al-Mu`allim” at the age of 23. He released his second album “My Ummah” in 2005. In October 2010, Yusuf’s third official album “Wherever You Are” was launched. Sami calls his genre of music “Spiritique”. “Salaam” is his fourth album, that was released on 22 December 2012. On 12 September 2014, Yusuf’s fifth official album “The Center” was released. In January 2015, Sami Yusuf’s sixth official album “Songs of the Way” was released.

Believing that music can be a “powerful medium to promote ideas and establish dialogue within society”, he coalesced Eastern percussive instrumentation and Western melodies in “Al-Mu’allim” with a focus on the English and Arabic languages. His song “Supplication” was used in the Golden-Globe award-nominated film, “The Kite Runner”. Though the album was described as a “project to define British Muslim identity” in a post 9-11 period — with explicitly religious themes praising the Prophet Mohammad and God in songs like “The Creator” and “Ya Mustafa” — it reached the ears of unexpectedly diverse range of listeners, constituting of various nationalities, ages, and races.  Many more successful albums and singles followed since. 

Source: Wikipedia

In this track “Dryer Land” from his fourth album “Salaam” (Peace) he collaborates with father Babak Radmanesh to present a soulful heartfelt song about repentence and seeking refuge in God. The song has English and Persian (Farsi) lyrics which you’ll find in the Youtube video’s description box.

I hope you enjoy these moving lyrics as much I did. Have an empowering day 💪🏻


Author: Zeina

I'm a Lebanese translation and editing professional. Juggling parenthood and a home-based freelance career is no easy task, especially for a (hopefully recovering) perfectionist. I'm also an introvert, so yes this explains the tagline "I write better than I speak" :) Hope you enjoy your stay here!

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