这是一位传奇式的人物，上世纪中后期在突尼斯一个贫穷的海滨小镇的沙滩上躺着一位少年，他的身旁的支架上零零落落地挂着一些破渔网，散落在地上的几个废弃的沙丁鱼罐头散发出刺鼻的异味。这就是少年时代的Dhafer经常对着天空遐想的地方。热爱音乐的他因为家境贫寒而无法得到他梦寐以求的中东琴，他唯一的音乐源泉就是小镇中传来的音乐电台播放的音乐。有一天他的一个朋友对他讲"上帝给了你声音，为何你不去享用呢"，于是他想尽一切办法在各种场合，特别是婚礼中去演唱，终于他挣到了钱，不但帮助父亲还债还为自己买了一把中东的木吉他。19岁那年他为了他喜爱的音乐只身去了维也纳，在那里靠在餐馆中洗碗，清洗门窗的收入度日，也得到一位中提琴手Tony Burger的帮助，渐渐迈进了音乐之门，并成为一名著名的爵士音乐大师。后来又去到美国发展，911后又回到欧洲，曾经获得挪威的Jazz launch Europe大奖。
Tunesian-born Dhafer Youssef started singing in the Islamic tradition at age 5. His music is rooted in the Sufi tradition and other streams of mystical sounds but has always been wide open to other musical cultures including jazz. With his deeply affecting vocal style, a variable approach on the oud (the Arabic lute) and complex Arab-colored compositions, Dhafer Youssef is among today's shooting stars in this crossover field. His 1999 release Malak was an immediate success that cast its spell even over the critics (Stereoplay: CD of the month, Fono Forum: 5 stars). Swiss Peter Rüedi wrote: "In all registers, especially the high ones, this man is incredible. His expressivity blows away all possible reservations... He is a composer of distinction and great breadth of expression ranging from clinking dissonances to real hit tunes - simple but not kitschy, lyrical, expressive, intense and thoughtful."
With his new album, Dhafer Youssef takes a subsequent step on his way of fusing Arab traditions with contemporary sounds. Electric Sufi unites jazz improvisation, ethnic roots, funk grooves and electronics into a novel West-Eastern amalgam that echoes the general trends in today's world. Stockhausen's jazz/classical trumpet playing, Muthspiel's electric fusion guitar, Ram's Indian flute sounds, Cinelu's Caribbean rhythms, Ilg's solid jazz feel, Wimbish's electric groove, Calhoun's urban afro-funk and Packe's electronical soundscapes join in a multi-cultural network that is fresh and comprehensible at the same time. Dominated by the bewitching virtuosity of Dhafer Youssef's voice and the lyrical depth of his oud playing, this powerful album gives a great vision of our musical future.
Also recommended: Malak (ENJ-9367 2) with Markus Stockhausen, Nguyên Lê, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Deepak Ram, Zoltan Lantos, Achim Tang, Jatinder Thakur, Patrice Héral, Carlo Rizzo
03. Electric Sufi
04. Oil On Water
05. La Priere De L'absent
06. Man Of Wool
07. La Nuit Sacre
11. Al Hallaj
13. Langue Muette