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Dhafer Youssef with Ballaké Sissoko & Eivind Aarset

Digital Africa

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Exploring his African roots from a fresh perspective, Dhafer Youssef – along with Ballaké Sissoko and Eivind Aarset – tells new musical stories in Digital Africa.

Resisting defined categories, the Tunisian oud master, vocalist and composer Dhafer Youssef is at the vanguard of a movement that unites the modern and ancestral, the east and the west. A deeply inventive oud player, he frees the instrument from traditional confines, bringing it into the realms of jazz – with leisurely melodies, smatterings of smoky piano and a soaring falsetto. He’s joined on stage by Ballaké Sissoko, whose swirling, polyrhythmic kora playing reveals a similar vision and approach as Youssef; and Eivind Aarset, whose wide sonic palette stretches from Nordic styles to African rhythms – his layered, textured guitar style adds further depth to the trio’s sound.
Digital Africa marks a milestone in Youssef’s career, this master of his craft is breaking new boundaries.

Produced by Serious, part of EFG London Jazz Festival,

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