Mesut Kurtis

Mesut Kurtis

Kurtis performing at a concert at the American University in Cairo in 2010
Background information
Native name Mesut Kurtiş

July 1981 (age 35)

Skopje, Macedonia

Origin United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Awakening
Associated acts

Mesut Kurtis (Turkish: Mesut Kurtiş; born July 31 1981) is a Macedonian Islamic singer of Turkish descent represented by and signed to Awakening Records.[1]

Background and education

Kurtis was born in Skopje, Macedonia. His parents are of Turkish origin.[2] He studied at the College of Skojpe and came to the UK at a young age to pursue his studies. He graduated with a degree in Human Sciences, Islamic Law[3][4] and Jurisprudence.[5] from the European Institute of Human Sciences, University of Wales[3]

Kurtis comes from a scholarly and religious family.[3] His great-grandfather was a well known scholar at the time of the Ottoman Empire.[6]


Kurtis at a concert in Konya, Turkey in 2014

Kurtis showed a strong interest in Islamic nasheeds from a very young age. He joined several nasheed groups in Macedonia that performed local[5] social clubs, mosques, and conferences[7] and also made several international visits including performances in Turkey and neighbouring places.[5] His music is influenced by Sufi, Turkish classical, Arabic and European styles.[8]

In May 2004, his debut album Salawat, produced by Awakening Records, was released and [9] featured songs that combine Arabic, Turkish and English.[10] It was well received by Muslim listeners around the world after his first music video "Al‐Burdah" which was filmed on location in the islands off the coast of Turkey.[11]

In June 2009, his second album Beloved was released.[12] On 7 July 2014, his third album Tabassam was released.

Kurtis sings in Arabic, English and Turkish.[6] He is also fluent in five languages.[5] He has performed several concerts in the UK, France, Macedonia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others.[13]


(From left) Maher Zain, Irfan Makki, Raef, Hamza Namira, Mesut Kurtis in "Send a little hope" UK tour in London in April 2012



Title Album details
  • Released: 25 June 2009
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
  • Released: 7 July 2014
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download


See also


  1. "Biography Of Mesut Kurtis". iMuslimz Network. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. Shahid, Omar (13 April 2012). "Islamic singers rewrite western hits to find new audiences for 'faith-inspired' songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Nasheed: Mesut Kurtis". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. "Mesut Kurtis". Islamic Lyrics.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Salawat By Mesut Kurtis Featuring Sami Yusuf CD". The Muslim Shop. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. 1 2 "Mesut kurtis". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  7. "Mesut Kurtis Biography (About Mesut Kurtis)". Blogspot. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  8. "Mesut Kurtis #TRT1 – TV Interview". Awakening Records. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  9. "Salawat, Mesut Kurtis, Featured by Sami Yusuf". Islamic Goods Direct. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  10. "Mesut Kurtis – Salawat". The Nasheed Shop. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  11. "Mesut Kurtis #AlJazeera". Awakening Records. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  12. "Mesut Kurtis – Beloved". 25 June 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  13. "Mesut Kurtis #FRANCE". Awakening Records. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  14. Shahid, Omar (10 April 2012). "The Concert of the year". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  15. "Over £175,000 pledged on the night at our 'Send A Little Hope' charity concert!". Save An Orphan. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  16. Shahid, Omar (17 April 2012). "Making Muslim Music for charity: Maher Zain and Mesut Kurtis". Al Bawaba. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  17. "Sounds of Light ft Maher Zain". Troxy. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  18. Faridi, Hasan (1 November 2014). "Bradford raises £520,000 in Sounds Of Light fundraiser". The Yorkshire Standard. West Yorkshire. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/27/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.