Dhafer Youssef

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Created on: 24 Jul 2007

"... the Tunisian vocalist and oud virtuoso juxtaposes the ancient, mystical, hypnotic music of Islamic Sufism with the textures of electric jazz."

Born in Teboulba, Tunesia in 1967, composer, singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef has been living and working in Vienna, Austria since 1990. During this time he had the opportunity to perform his music on stages in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and other European countries as well as his native Tunesia (where he started singing in the Islamic tradition at age 5).

When he was young, Dhafer makes his own first oud - the traditional middle-Eastern lute, using whatever he can find...
Over the last decade the oud has become a beguiling and familiar sound on culturally outward-looking jazz recordings.

Dhafer's music is rooted in the Sufi tradition and other mystical music but has always been wide open to ideas from any other musical culture as well as the jazz scene. With his poetic approach on the oud, his complex Arab-colored compositions and especially his deeply affecting singing, Dhafer Youssef is one of the most impressive voices to emerge in this musical field in many years.

Dhafer has been working with Renaud Garcia-Fons, Markus Stockhausen, Carlo Rizzo, Nguyên Lê, Jatinder Thakur, Sainkho Namchylak, Paolo Fresu, Arto Tuncboyacian, Linda Sharrock, Wolfgang Puschnig, Christian Muthspiel, Jamey Haddad, Iva Bittova, Tom Cora and other great improvisers influenced by world music concepts. He also formed his own ensembles with whom he recorded two previous CD's in 1993 and 1996.

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  • scphys

    I joined this group wishing it to be pretty open yet respectful considering it's great name so plz let's make it to that way.

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • scphys

    I like his music but most of all i appreciate his full commitment in it

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • yous1987

    Is he ever going to make a concert in Egypt?!?!?!

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • suisita

    the best ....

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Darkamn3sia

    Hey , just an amazing voice !

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Tzarian

    Last night he was in Damascus, I seated in the first raw but still wanted to get closer and fly on his oud/voice strings.. getting too poetic here but the guy is really amazing!

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • avivamagnolia

    Dhafer Youssef's stricken me with awe...

    1 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Morbus-Bleuleri

    1st place... ;D

    21 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Morbus-Bleuleri

    Usually he is... :P

    5 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Morbus-Bleuleri

    wow :P

    11 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Morbus-Bleuleri

    Thanks a lot for the info! I'll try to discover it :D

    8 Nov 2007 Reply
  • VinceMillett

    Check out the new album, Glow, by Dhafer Youssef and Wolfang Muthspiel. Lots of Dhafer vocals and some lovely oud and guitar interplay.

    7 Nov 2007 Reply
  • sholeac

    Yesterday he was in Pattada, Sardinia. Great!

    14 Aug 2007 Reply