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Sarah Yaseen is a British singer, producer, and musician, who specializes in soulful nasheeds (Islamic spiritual songs) and Urdu nazams. Trained by her father, a well-known nasheed singer in the Oldham area, Yaseen has performed in front of all-female audiences as well as nationally and internationally for audiences of up to 3,000 people. A spiritually inspiring first album, titled PEACE, is currently in the works.
Yaseen hopes to further her tradition’s legacy while reaching a larger audience with her art and fostering interfaith understanding. Thus her songs combine a yearning for the traditional with a sense of connection to the wider world, both formally and lyrically. Her lyrics focus on peace and love and are in Urdu and as well as English. Following her participation in Muslim Women Music Makers Tour, Yaseen was inspired to incorporate the guitar and the tabla alongside the traditional drum in her songs.
2003, Yaseen founded a nasheed group for Muslim girls aged between four and nineteen called WING (Women’s Innovative Nasheed Group), which has performed successfully at many cultural and diversity events, raising awareness of Islam through simple songs of devotion and peace.
“Sarah Yaseen,” Missing Voices: Tour Artists
Tyrone Rana, “Muslim Women Music Makers Tour,” Emel, Issue 57, June 2009.
Terry Grimley, “Muslim Women Music Makers end European tour in Birmingham,” Birmingham Post, May 14, 2009.