Here’s a well-hidden Tunisian gem, a best kept secret in that magical Arab country. The name is Dhafer Youssef and he is a celebrated composer, talented singer and a brilliant oud player. He is the man who stands behind jazz and Islamic music tradition. In between Tunisia, France and Austria he found his own path and came up with a Avant grade world music admired by all.
His career translated into six albums. But he is not the one to sit idle. Dhafer branches out to other cultures as he indicates an affinity for the music of India and Nordic music. He also takes credit for Electric Sufi style, something that draws many Western musicians.
In the track below, you will hear sounds like you would hear them climbing a remote mountain, the music is only a background and his strong yet subtle vocals lead the way. This is a lot like natural music, perfect for movie’s sound tracks. Dhafer’s music is like a crossings where there is harmony by combining Sufi tradition, world, mystical, and jazz influences with Arabic lyricism
So get cozy and let this legend take you to your happy place, yes, his music is a lot like therapy it invites you to explore inward.
Dhafer Youssef – Soupir Eternel
Dhafer Youssef ” Dance of the invisible dervishes” at Festival international de Carthage, Tunisia Dhafer Youssef Oud, Vocal Eivind Aarset, Guitar Husnu Senlendirici, Clarinet