Keys to the world

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chat musician and singer Adnan Sami speaks about his influence, that stretch from West to East

Adnan Sami
Adnan Sami

Born in Pakistan, he was raised in the U.K., holds Canadian citizenship and climbed the charts of popularity in India. The well travelled Adnan Sami is an accomplished pianist, composer, actor and singer.

With his beautiful voice and a mad interest in music, Adnan Sami’s versatile taste in music makes it difficult to choose between different genres and artists. says he listens to everything and anything that sounds good to his ears.

Excerpts from an interview:

Being raised in London, you had a close encounter with Western as well as Indian classical music. In this extensive journey what have you learnt and gained?

Singing Western and Indian classical music, has allowed me as a musician to create a sound of my own. It has allowed me to create a blend and balance between the two genres. This is the reason in one side of my music you can hear the guitar and on the other side one can also hear the tabla and dholak.

Who inspires you in the Indian classical pantheon? How do you define your music?

I am most inspired by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

He was the true person in Indian classical. Also Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma — he has also been my guru. I learnt Indian classical music from him.

I would call my music world music. My music is stretched from western to eastern, from Arabic to Russian. You cannot put a finger to define my music as one type. It is reflective of the kind of person I am as I have been to different parts of world.

You are said to be the fastest keyboard player and a born pianist.

To be very frank I never tried to become the fastest keyboard player in the world. This is something that happens by chance.

I just used to play in the manner that I play. When people started to notice that “oh my god how can you play to this tempo,” that’s when I began to realise that, “oh ok… I am the fastest keyboard player in the world.” I sound great but it’s not something that I tried to do. The piano is the first instrument that I put my hands on. I started playing the piano when I was five years old. Piano is very much a part of my life. It is only my true passion. I decided to introduce piano as an Indian classical instrument. It’s never done before but it has always been part of Indian music.

Any particular album you are working on and any plans for Bollywood?

I am doing two movies and they will be coming next year; both would be commercial family entertainers... I am also working on my album and in January I am finally releasing it. It features Punjabi track and for the first time I have composed a Sufi song.

It is a complete mixture of fun and party music with love and romantic songs also.

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