orn in Beirut 1978, his passion for rhythm was revealed in his early years. By the age of 9 he was playing the Darbouka (an Arabic percussion instrument) and was acquainted with the essence of the traditional Arabic music. 1990 - 1993 he performed with several Arabic singers as a side man. Later on he was attracted to drums as an instrument with a wider percussive range and tracking its traces he crossed the border of oriental music towards the western musical world. 1996 he started taking private drum lessons. And in search of Jazz he went to study Musicology where he finished his academic studies at 2002. Rony performed along with several local & international artists such as: Tarek Yamani, Charbel Rouhana, Rony Barrak, Claude Chalhoub and Ziad Rahbany and Arthur Satyan. Also he performed with:Jerome Sabbagh,Cris McNulty,Phil Abraham, Bart Denolf, Olivier Collette, Gino Lattuca, Kamal Musallam, Tino Derado,Richie Vitale, Ingram Washington, Cristo Fontecilla.
Tama Star Classic, 18*14 inches B.D., 12*8 inches T, 14*14 inches F.T., 14*6,5
inches S.D., Iron Cobra Single Pedal, Zildjian Constantinople cymbals.
All in all, Zourouf is a highly produced pack of tunes from one of the region’s
best Indie Jazz artists that offers catchy riffs and improvisations that won’t soon
be forgotten Makhsoof Jazz Music
Rony Afif’s solo debut Zourouf is a mature and accomplished release which
represents a huge career leap. Released digitally and with a physical launch to
follow soon, the LP was recorded in the USA last year alongside New York session
pros Tarek Yamani, Troy Roberts and Alexander Claffy. In composition and
execution Zourouf ranks proudly among the best of modern jazz releases,
mixing inventive time signatures and Arabic inflexions with a free post-bop
approach Time Out Dubai - Rob Garratt
The result is, essentially, a jazz album, but with hints of Oriental, electro..