Dhafer Youssef

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ظافر يوسف
Dhafer Youssef
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Dhafer Youssef at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany
Background information
Born (1967-11-19) November 19, 1967 (age 48)
Teboulba, Tunisia
Genres Ethno jazz, World Fusion, Sufi, Qawwali, Jazz Fusion, New Age, Jazztronica
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer
Instruments Oud
Years active 1990–present
Labels Enja Records
Website www.dhaferyoussef.com

Dhafer Youssef (Tunisian Arabic: ظافر يوسف‎; born 19 November 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia) is a composer, singer and oud player.


Youssef developed an interest in jazz at an early age and clandestinely listened to it during his education at a Qur'anic school.[1] He later left Tunisia to start a jazz career and has lived in Europe since 1990, usually in Paris or Vienna. He also works in avant garde and world music where he has been nominated for awards.[2] He has released six albums of his own and also did notable work with Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and the Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset. He indicates an affinity for the music of India and Nordic music. He was a guest artist on the Norwegian jazz artist Bugge Wesseltoft's album FiLM iNG. Youssef has also performed with Uri Caine, Tigran Hamasyan, Jon Hassell, Markus Stockhausen,[3] Nguyên Lê, Omar Sosa and Hüsnü Şenlendirici. In 2001 he recorded Electric Sufi with the ex-Sugar Hill Gang and Tackhead rhythm section of Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish.


Solo albums[edit]


  • 1997: Blue Planet - Peace for Kabul (Blue Flame World Music), with Lenny MacDowell and Hakim Ludin
  • 1998: hot ROOM (Extraplatte), also featuring Otto Lechner, Wolfgang Puschnig, Achim Tang
  • 2003: Exile (Enja Records), with Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble feat. Reem Kelani & Dhafer Youssef
  • 2005: Odem (with Wolfgang Puschnig and Jatinder Thakur) (EmArcy), with Wolfgang Puschnig and Jatinder Thakur
  • 2006: Homescape (ACT Music), with Nguyên Lê Duos Paolo Fresu
  • 2008: Jo & Co (Universal Music Polska), with Anna Maria Jopek feat. Richard Bona and Mino Cinelu
  • 2008: Latitudini - Omaggio Alla World Music (Casa Del Jazz), with Paolo Fresu and Eivind Aarset[5]


  1. ^ Ralf Dombrowski (Translation from German: Nancy Joyce) (2005). "From Koran School to the First League in European Jazz". Qantara.de. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Awards For World Music 2003: Audience Award". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Background information". ECM. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ Lescharts.com: Dhafer Youssef discography
  5. ^ "Dhafer Youssef". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 

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