Dhafer Youssef

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ظافر يوسف
Dhafer Youssef
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Dhafer Youssef, Oslo Jazzfestival 2015
Background information
Born (1967-11-19) 19 November 1967 (age 49)
Teboulba, Tunisia
Genres Ethno jazz, world fusion, Sufi, qawwali, jazz fusion, new-age, jazztronica
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Oud
Years active 1990–present
Labels Enja, Justin Time, Jazzland, EmArcy, Okeh
Website www.dhaferyoussef.com

Dhafer Youssef (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 created notable work with Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and the Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset. He has 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.

In 2015, Youssef opened the Sligo Jazz project with a quartet act at the Hawk’s Well Theatre at Connacht, Ireland.[4]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1999: Malak (Enja)
  • 2001: Electric Sufi (Enja)
  • 2003: Digital Prophecy (Justin Time)
  • 2006: Divine Shadows (Jazzland)
  • 2007: Glow (Material), with Wolfgang Muthspiel
  • 2010: Abu Nawas Rhapsody (EmArcy)
  • 2013: Birds Requiem (Okeh) (FR: #191)[5]
  • 2016: Diwan of Beauty and Odd (Okeh) (FR: #105)[6]


  • 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), 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), 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[7]


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