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Nabil Khemir

Nabil khemir, composer, guitar player, lute-player and singer

Born in Tunisia, Nabil Khemir has grown up in the metropolis of Tunis with the Egyptian music.

By listening to famous Egyptian musicians of this era such as the great singer Oum Kalthoum, the composer/singer Mohamed Abdelwahab, the singer and lute-player Ferid El Atrach and Riadh Sombati (lute-player and composer of Oum Kalthoum) he pronounced his early words while singing their songs.

At the age of seven, Nabil Khemir, appears for the first time in public to sing. When his brother offers him a lute at the occasion of his ninth birthday, he starts to play this instrument as self-taught.

This prodigy child takes at the age of twelve some master classes with the famous lute-player Ali Sriti.

In 1979, he has been proposed to sing accompanied by his lute in different Tunisian television programs for two years.

During the adolescence he's interested by the occidental music and is impressed by great jazzmen such as George Benson, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, John Mc Laughlin and Pat Metheny.

That is how he discovers the guitar that will become therefore, his second passion.

In 2004, after several years of musical research, Nabil Khemir creates the model of a double-necked instrument, guitar and lute that he would manufacture in the Netherlands and with which he comes back to Tunisia in 2005.

He calls it “RAYJAM” (musical improvisation ray).

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Album Rayjam by Nabil Khemir


Blue Canoe Records



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