Who Am I?
Sarah Yaseen is a Manchester based mother, singer and peace maker. With a soulful voice and accompanied by a guitar or darabouka, Sarah’s raw Sufi Acappella/cantata style takes the audience into her world of emotions and feelings of love, faith, personal struggle, including sharing her political stance through influential, unique compositions.
She was trained by her father from an early age and, with this tool has performed nationally, in front of thousands of people. She has a zeal for Qwaali and Ghazals and, after her father Sufi Muhammed Yaseen, takes inspiration from the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Mehdi Hassan and Abida Parveen, to name a few. She began writing and composing her own lyrics in 2001 and founded WING in 2003; a Nasheed group of female children. WING has performed at many cultural and diversity events raising awareness of the tradition of Islam through simple songs to help educate and share with the community, the commonality of the three faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Within the genre of World Music, Sarah’s interest to different cultures has allowed her portfolio to adapt by singing songs in varied native languages. She has performed nationally within the UK and internationally within Europe and Morocco.
Sarah is a singer in Radiant Arcadia which comprises of a band of 12 women of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith backgrounds. The album, ‘together’ was released on June 14th 2013. The choir will be touring in Europe, USA and the Middle East 2014. Sarah is in a Sufi spiritual band with a female artist from Germany, Faridah Busemann and together they are known as, ‘The Roses of Fatima‘.
Sarah is a Soprano singer in ‘Sacred Sounds‘ which is a project developed by MIF (Manchester International Festival). It comprises of women from 6 faith backgrounds and is a choir made up of 80 female singers. They performed alongside the world renowned BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with guest Sufi artist, Abida Parveen, in celebration of Sir John Tavener. 2 pieces were performed in July 2013: Marhamata and a piece especially composed by Sir Tavener for Sacred Sounds.
Sarah has also been commissioned to teach Sacred Sounds Choir , the oldest Islamic song that has been culturally passed down generations for 1500 years, ‘Tala ‘Al Badru Alayna’.
Sarah is a singer in MIRO – Manchester International Roots Orchestra – initiative of CAM (Community Arts Manchester) Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a unique new ensemble of musicians with roots from across the world and students from the RNCM. Their repertoire skilfully weaves together diverse musical influences from the haunting melodies of Eastern Europe, to the delicate textures of the Middle East, to soulful African gospel embracing rap, classical and jazz along the way.
Sarah is a singer in ‘Rafiki Jazz’ –
Rafiki Jazz present Declaration Kriol
Promising an extravagant blitz of dancing cross-continental world music wizardry, theDeclaration Kriol project brings onstage an expanded Rafiki Jazz collective to tour an inspired live show where global folk heritage traditions come up against the digital domain and our own very British babble of migrated languages..With reworked multi-language texts from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights beautifully delivered by the band’s rota of singers & rappers plus the exciting live-coded Kriol (creole) voice of their unique new avatar vocalist,Rafiki Jazz showcase vibrant new tracks from their soon to be released second album
Sarah is currently working on the second part of the ‘Peace’ album which will be available to download via ITunes mid-2015
Attached are some links to my work that I’d like to share