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Dhafer Youssef Ensemble - 1996 - Mousafer ظافر يوسف مسافر


  • Dhafer Youssef oud, voice
  • Anton Burger violin
  • Achim Tang double bass
  • Jatinder Thakur tabla
  • guest: Otto Lechner accordion


  1. Baraca (06:20)
  2. El Houb El Hindi (09:22)
  3. Am Naschmarkt (05:11)

Duration : 20:53 | Bitarte : 350 kBit/s | Year : 1996 | Size : 42 mb

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Dhafer Youssef & Wolfgang Muthspiel - 2007 - GLOW

Although it’s a dual-leader album, in which oud player Dhafer Youssef‘s performance is at least as important as that of guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, one of Glow’s chief causes for celebration is Muthspiel’s on-form presence. After releasing the shimmeringly beautiful Bright Side (Material Records, 2006)—a little-known masterpiece which may yet take its place alongside such jazz guitar iconographs as Johnny Smith’s Moonlight In Vermont (Roulette, 1953, reissued 2004) and Wes Montgomery’s Incredible Jazz Guitar (Riverside, 1960)—Muthspiel’s project with drummer Brian Blade, Friendly Travelers (Material Records, 2007), was a disappointment, interesting in conception but not entirely convincing in execution.

Glow finds Muthspiel back in immaculate form as both guitarist and producer (significantly, the Blade album was a co-production while the Youssef is solely produced by Muthspiel). The disc reunites the Tunisian oud player and Austrian guitarist after a gap of six years following Muthspiel’s playing and composing collaboration on Youssef’s Electric Sufi (Enja, 2001). The album, Youssef’s breakthrough, was a thrilling, perfectly realized collision of traditional Maghrebi music, European jazz and a lively slab of dirty, visceral rock.

Wolfgang Muthspiel Dhafer Youssef ظافر يوسف

Glow inhabits similar territory, but with a broader, and perhaps deeper, emotional range. In large part this is down to Youssef’s singing, which Muthspiel, as producer, has coaxed to new expressive peaks. At times Youssef’s voice achieves the ecstatic intensity of the late Pakistani qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, at others it suggests the winsome vulnerability of the late electric troubadour Jeff Buckley. He sounds by turns beatific and scary, caressing and chilling, alternating lustrous tenor passages with tortured, almost weeping, falsetto. It’s an extraordinary performance.

Extraordinary, too, is the instrumental content and, again, comparisons with Electric Sufi are pertinent. The earlier album was recorded by a nine-piece, the new one by a quintet. The smaller line-up retains a trumpeter, with Tom Harrell replacing Markus Stockhausen, but makes more of the interaction between Youssef and Muthspiel. Both have an exquisite gift for melody, and an understanding of the power of silence, and both place every note with precision. It’s a commonplace to say such and such a musician “makes every note count,” but Muthspiel, in particular, really does.

Glow uses electronic wizardry with a lighter touch than its predecessor, though textural post-production continues to be a feature of Muthspiel’s work. Alegre Correa replaces drummers Mino Cinelu and Will Calhoun, and works in intimate partnership with the young bassist Matthias Pichler (who debuted so brilliantly on Bright Side).

Some music has the ability to condense time, a smaller proportion stretches it. Glow, its every bar a micro-world of eventful creation, is amongst the latter.

Dhafer Youssef: voice, oud.
Wolfgang Muthspiel
: guitars, violin, programming.
Fender Rhodes
Tom Harrell: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Matthias Pichler: bass.
Alegre Correa
: drums, percussion.
Rebekka Bakken
: voice (9).

Track List:
1 – Mon Parfum (02:58)
2 – Babylon (06:00)
3 – Sand Dance (04:47)
4 – Mein Versprechen (06:55)
5 – Etude #3 (05:06)
6 – Lamento (03:31)
7 – Maya (05:10)
8 – Emmerich (05:34)
9 – Cosmology (06:01)
10 – Rhapsodie (03:34)

Duration: 49:36 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2007 | Size: 118 mb

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May Nasr - 2008 - Lil Ghaly مي نصر - للغالي

May Nasr: Lebanese by origin, a citizen of the Middle East and the World
Driven by two missions in life; her vocation as a microfinance consultant for the development of women entrepreneurs, and her passion for singing accompanied by her guitar. May was determined to realize her dream of shaping her path through merging both missions together.
Influenced by the songs of the great Fayrouz, Zaki Nassif, Ahmad Kaabour, Marcel Khalifeh, Julia Boutros, and other dedicated artists of the same style and mission in music, May began performing and playing those songs amongst her family and friends. Over the years, her circle of listeners became wider reaching out to the Middle East and the world, leading her to a stage where it was time to produce her own work.

While searching for sincere guidance to help enrich her musical talent and experience, May met the great sound engineer, Mr. Farid Abul Kheir, who took her under his wings. Mr. Abul Kheir, who played the role of May’s spiritual father, lead her to his lifetime friend, the great musician Mr. Zaki Nassif, who stepped out of retirement to give May voice training lessons and later became her guide in music. Following the passing of Mr. Nassif, May continued her voice training lessons with Mrs. Badia Sabra Haddad, former voice teacher of Fayrouz.

May sings for her people, their charisma, pride and great civilization, carrying a message of peace and hope, prompting her fellow citizens to stand against immigration from their country and to hold on to their land. Her aim through the song is to play the role of presenting to the world her country’s great culture through highlighting some its of most precious traits: the beauty of her people, their love, generosity, and above all, their long struggle to maintain peace in the midst of their one country.
In November 2008, and through remarkable support from her friends and family, May launched her first CD, “Lil Ghaly”, which she has gradually worked on producing throughout the last ten years.
Her double-mission journey continues…!

May Nasr مي نصر

مي نصر: لبنانية الأصل، موطنها الشرق الأوسط والعالم.
تدفعها رسالتان في الحياة؛ مهنتها كاستشارية في تدريب برامج القروض الصغرى للنساء صاحبات المشاريع الصغيرة المنتجة، وشغفها في الغناء بمرافقة قيثارتها. عزمت مي نصر على تحقيق حلمها في رسم درب حياتها من خلال الدمج بين تلك الرسالتين.

متأثرةً بأغاني السيدة فيروز، زكي ناصيف، أحمد قعبور، مارسيل خليفة، جوليا بطرس، وغيرهم من الفنانين الملتزمين الذين ينتمون إلى نفس الأسلوب والرسالة، بدأت ميّ بتأدية وعزف تلك الأغاني بين أهلها وأصدقائها. ومع مرور السنين، أخذت دائرة مستمعيها بالتوسّع على مستوى الشرق الأوسط والعالم لتصل بها إلى مرحلة وجوب إصدار عمل خاص بها.

تعرّفت على مهندس الصوت الكبير الاستاذ فريد أبو الخير، الذي تبنّاها موسيقياً، فقادها إلى رفيق دربه الموسيقار الكبير الاستاذ زكي ناصيف، الذي خرج عن تقاعده ليدرّبها ويصبح فيما بعد مرشدها الموسيقي. بعد وفاة الاستاذ ناصيف، تابعت ميّ تمارينها الصوتية بقيادة الاستاذة الكبيرة بديعة صبرا حداد، استاذة السيدة فيروز سابقاً.

تغنّي ميّ حبّ شعبها، عنفوانه وكبريائه، وحضارته، حاملةً رسالة السلام والأمل تحثّ من خلالها أبنائه على الوقوف في وجه الاغتراب عن بلادهم والتمسّك بارضهم. هدفها من خلال الأغنية هو لعب دور في الإظهار للعالم ثقافة وحضارة بلادها من خلال إبراز أثمن مزاياها: جمال شعبها، حبّهم، كرمهم، وفوق كل شيء، سعيهم الطويل لتحقيق السلام في ربوع وطنهم الواحد.

في تشرين الثاني ۲۰۰۸، وبدعم رائع من قبل أصدقائها وعائلتها، أصدرت ميّ ألبومها الأول “للغالي” الذي عملت عليه تدريجياً طوال السنوات العشرة السابقة.
ويستمرّ مشوارها مزدوج الرسالة..!

Track List:
1 –  To The Loved One .. 1997 (للغالي (03:19
2 –  Searching For The Moon (ما تسألي (03:48
3 –  We Defy Darkness (نصارع الظلام (05:19
4 –  The Forgotten Cause (القضية المنسية (03:37
5 –  Caminaré (معكن بمشي (04:09
6 –  Najwa’s House (بيتك يا نجوى (05:27
7 –  The Sea (قصيدة البحر (02:30
8 –  No, Don’t Come Back (ماترجع (04:16
9 –  Salt & Suger (ملح وسكر (03:26
10 –  The Road (الطريق (02:53
11 –  Never By Force (مش بالقوة (03:00

Duration : 41:41 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2008 | Size : 110 mb

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Dhafer Youssef - Abu Nawas Rhapsody

Album: Abu Nawas Rhapsody
Artist: Dhafer Youssef
Country: Tunisia

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

Dhafer Youssef’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 (the Arabic lute), his complex Arab-colored compositions and especially his deeply affecting singing when humming along with his melodies, Dhafer Youssef is one of the most impressive voices to emerge in this musical field in many years. Testifying a wide range of sound colors, stylistic facets and musical ingredients, Dhafer Youssef opens the way to a new definition of East-Western crossover.

Dhafer Youssef ظافر يوسف


  • Dhafer Youssef: oud, vocals
  • Tigran Hamasyan: piano
  • Chris Jennings: bass
  • Mark Guiliana: drums

Track List:

  1. Sacrè “The Wine Ode Suite” 4:54
  2. Les Ondes Orientales 9:09
  3. Khamsa “The Khamriyyat Of Abu Nuwas” 7:38
  4. Interl’oud 1:43
  5. Odd Elegy 4:52
  6. Ya Hobb “In The Name Of Love” 4:08
  7. Shaouk 2:07
  8. Shata “Shatahat” 5:22
  9. Mudamatan “The Wine Ode Suite” 4:51
  10. Sabaa “Hayastan Dance” 4:58
  11. Sura 6:05
  12. Profane “The Wine Ode Suite” 4:39

Duration: 60:39 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2010 | Size: 150 mb

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Dhafer Youssef Digital Prophecy 2003 Front

Album: Digital Prophecy
Artist: Dhafer Youssef
Country: Tunisia


1 – Diaphanes (05:43)
2 – Aya (07:39)
3 – Dawn Prayer (03:56)
4 – Sparkling Truth (05:49)
5 – Ysamy (08:41)
6 – Holy Breath (03:08)
7 – Seventh Heaven Suite (07:42)
8 – Woodtalk (03:48)
9 – Holy Lie (09:30)
10 – Flowing Water (09:41)

Duration: 67:34 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2003 | Size: 161 mb

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