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AWIL 189 - Dhafer Youssef

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It was such a huge honour to welcome Dhafer Youssef to AWIL this week. His twenty-five year career through ethno jazz & Sufi sounds has taken him all over the globe, performing, composing, and creating outstanding albums. During his childhood years by the sea in Téboulba, Dhafer built his own oud out of bits of boat wood and bicycle cable, whilst making do with the loan of a real guitar just once per month. This is an artist then that doesn’t take his talent for granted and as you begin to comprehend his journey from Tunisia to Vienna & Paris, you realise that Dhafer is a man that was born to sing, to create, and to carve out his own undeniable destiny as a world-class music-maker. Dhafer’s limitless voice is unboundaried by octaves or convention and is matched only by his panoramic vision and meticulously heart-crafted compositions. In his mini-symphonies you can hear Dhafer’s voice reaching dizzying heights till it soars out of space into an other-worldly universe. Only the best musicians are skilled enough to melt into his ethereal arrangements wrapped around mellifluous poetry, which is why you’ll find guys like Eivind Aarset on electric guitar and trumpeter Nils-Petter Molvaer on his 2013 CD ‘Birds Requiem’. Dhafer has worked with so many illustrious names but perhaps the best is yet to come when the results of his recent collaboration with Indian tabla guru Zakir Hussain and Turkish clarinet maestro Hüsnü Şenlendirici will be revealed in 2017. Meanwhile a different new album is on its way sooner, set for release this September on Sony’s OKeh label. Make a note of the title, ‘Diwan of Beauty and Odd’ as it’s one that simply MUST be added to your record collection! More information:


ARTIST                                  TRACK                                   COUNTRY

Hossam Ramzy           Sabla Tolo IV              Egypt/UK

Derek Gripper           Duga                           South Africa

Nii Okai Tagoe           Nyungmbo                 Ghana

Joji Hirota                   Suisei                           Japan

The Creole Choir of Cuba  Chen Nan Ren   Cuba

Dhafer Youssef           Sweet Blasphemy      Tunisia

‘           ‘                       Blending Souls            ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Khira                           ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Ascetic Journey           ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Whirling Birds Ceremony  ‘   ‘



AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: June 4 – 30 Rebetiko Carnival at various incl June 21 Dimitris Mystakidis @ Forge –, June 18 Tanya Tagaq @ Forge, June 19 Reem Kelani @ SBC Festival Terrace @Music Live Refugees Welcome, June 22 Koral Society @ Ritzy, June 24 Ande Somby @ Cafe Oto, June 29 Diabel Cissokho @ Rich Mix @ Focus Organisation  More at    ** A WORLD IN LONDON – LIVE. FREE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE FRIDAY 1pm on JULY 1st  with 42 STRINGS in concert!! **

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A World In London – in its TENTH year! With Cultural Co-operation live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio:  and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB  & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays.  Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon    This week Diabel Cissokho at Resonance and next week Lambrego.  Twitter:@djritu1  @aworldinlondon