The topic of the album is first and foremost about traveling...” says Dhafer. “After traveling to the four corners of the world, in search of new sounds, here I sing differently and use vocal effects that I grew up with. Particularly the sound effect of megaphones for the call to prayer - hence the record title Street of Minarets.” The rest of the guests took part in the magical journey too.
Special guests on the album are Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland and more.
Dhafer Youssef is the Tunisian Oud master, vocalist and composer born on November 19th, 1967, in the Tunisian fishing village Teboulba. He grew up in a modest family, coming from a long line of muezzins. Mastering vocal potentials stands as a heritage and a family tradition.
Considered as the contemporary music movement leader which fuses Eastern and Western music, Dhafer Youssef has managed to bring the Oud out of its traditional role. The Oud creatively confronts with various musical genres: Jazz, Electro, Rock, Turkish and Asian music.