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Dhafer Youssef

Late junction (BBC) presenter Fiona Talkington explains how an exceptional young Tunisian musician found his creative home in Europe.

A small seaside town in Tunisia in the 1970s. A boy walks along a deserted shoreline picking up the odds and ends he finds lying around: A broken fishing net; a few discarded sardine cans; spokes from an old bicycle. His heart and mind are full of music and he wants to play. It's as much as his father can do to put food on the table for Dhafer and his seven brothers and sisters. There certainly isn't spare money for music lessons, let alone for an instrument. So Dhafer makes his own oud, the traditional middle-Eastern lute, using whatever he can find.

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Discography

 

Birds Requiem

Jazzland Recordings
2013

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Abu Nawas Rhapsody

Abu Nawas Rhapsody

Jazzland Recordings
2010

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Live At Cully Jazz...

Jazzland Recordings
2008

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Live At The Bath...

Jazzland Recordings
2007

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