Mohammed Saleh Abd al-Saheb Lelo was born in Iraq in 1969.
He received a degree in music from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baghdad University, with a major focus on the oud and qanun. As a session musician for Iraqi Broadcasting from 1988 to 1995, he worked with most of the leading Iraqi vocalists.
Haytam Safia is from Jerusalem. In 2001 he debuted as a performer in The Netherlands and acquired a firm position in a musical ensemble with which he accompanies modern dance company Galili Dance. Safia created a.o the music for the choreography: For Heaven’s Sake by Itzik Galili (which was voted as Outstanding Performance for 2004, Critics’ Choice Dance Europe).
Khaled Ben Yahia (خالد بن يحيى), born 1963 in Tunis, is a Tunesian oud player. He is a oriental music professor at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional. Discography: 2003: Wissal
2007: Plein Sud (with Tribu Hérisson).
A Moroccan musician from Kenifra met a German musician from Nuernberg. Both had learned to play music using different instruments, had worked in and explored different countries, and came from very different cultures. Their approaches to music were equally divergent and based on disparate music principles.
In the realm of Middle and Near-Eastern Instrumental music, not many individuals are able to receive as much widespread acknowledgement as being the "The Best", as do Simon Shaheen (Ud or Oud), and the Lebanese born Ali Jihad Racy (Buzuq).
Hrant Kenkulian (1901–1978), usually referred to as Udi Hrant ("ud-player Hrant") or sometimes as Hrant Emre ("Hrant of the soul") was an ud player of Turkish classical music, and a key transitional figure in its transformation into a contemporary popular music.
Composer Yuval Ron, master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek and a super group of Middle Eastern musicians join together for a complex spiritual journey, based on the sacred chants of the three religious traditions of the Middle East. A tapestry of soulful chanting, ambient sounds of the desert and countless musical layers reveal how similar the different cultures of the Middle East are.
Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. the modern ones.