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Dhafer Youssef

Singer, composer, and oud player Dhafer Youssef (ظافر يوسف), was born in 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia. The oud is an Arabic lute,astring instrument that can achieve a beautiful sound from those who know how to master it.

Youssef began singing when he was only five-years-old. Since then he has performed for audiences in Tunisia, Germany,France,Austria, Switzerland, and other countries. He has appeared with his own ensembles and recorded two albums withthem, one in1993 and the other three years later. Youssef’s music combines Sufi tradition, world, mystical, and jazz influe ...read more

Singer, composer, and oud player Dhafer Youssef (ظافر يوسف), was born in 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia. The oud is an Arabic lute,astring instrument that can achieve a beautiful sound from those who know how to master it.

Youssef began singing when he was only five-years-old. Since then he has performed for audiences in Tunisia, Germany,France,Austria, Switzerland, and other countries. He has appeared with his own ensembles and recorded two albums withthem, one in1993 and the other three years later. Youssef’s music combines Sufi tradition, world, mystical, and jazz influenceswith Arabiclyricism. In 1999, Enja Records released Youssef’s third album, Malak, which includes the songs “A Kind of Love,”“Tarannoum,”and “Eklil.” Youssef provided vocals and oud for the album and was accompanied by such well-known artists asviolinist ZoltanLantos, bassist Achim Tang, tabla and dolak player Jatinder Thakur, tambourine player Carlo Rizzo, bassistRenaud Garcia-Fons,and drummer Patrice Héral. In 2002, Youssef released Electric Sufi on Enja and added electronic elementsand funky grooves tohis genre-bending sound with the ex-Sugar Hill Gang and Tackhead rhythm section of Will Calhoun andDoug Wimbush andfollowed it up with ‘Digital Prophecy’, another multi-layered, multi-faceted marvel. His most recent album,Abu Nwas Rhapsody(2010) paints, perhaps, the broadest picture of Youssef of any single album to date, with its focus on aconsistent lineup andthe resultant chemistry. « hide

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