DuOuD consists of two oud players, Tunisian born Jean-Pierre Smadja (already noted for many albums he issued as Smadj), and Algerian born master oud player Mehdi Haddab (known for his work with the acclaimed French based trio, Ekova, and more recently Speed Caravan). Blending their North African heritage with the latest Western technology, the pair builds a musical cycle that looks to their African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music styles – break beats, jazz grooves and metal guitar. DuOud is the first band to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, they do it with such an imaginative freedom that sets them apart from their contemporaries; their debut album “Wild Serenade” saw them winner for the Best Newcomer award in the BBC Music Awards. The first album is purely a triumph, supported by a nearly 3 years long world tour. In 2006, DuOud is recording “Sakat” in Yemen with Abdulatif Yagoub. A true meeting of culture, a true and rare jewel. On “Ping Kong”, DuOud hovers between tradition and futurism, with varying moods ranging from surf kitsch to contemporary groove, with featuring from Cyril Atef and Vincent Segal from Bumcello and Malouma.
Smadj and Mehdi Haddab are also children of the Parisian musical turmoil of the 90’s. They have chosen the oud, just like one chooses one’s favorite pastry: with an accepted greed, without fear nor complex. And they truly became a phenomenon. Respectfully insolent with the instrument tradition, alternating “classical” Arab tunes and personal compositions, warmth of the acoustic instrument and electronic saturation, Duoud burnt the stage during many years and manage to surprise every fans at each new composition. Life and projects teared them apart… But the “Enfants Terribles” of the oud are back !
They are now on tour again since early 2018, preparing new tracks for their new album with a first Ep and upcoming festivals dates set for 2019. More to come soon…
Performance Highlights in 2018
OUD Festival – Gent, Belgium
World Music Festival – Taiwan
Festival Musicas Do Mundo – Portugal
Jimofolk Music Festival – China
Festival Couleurs Du Monde – France
Annaba – Algeria
== Discography ==
* DuOuD « Ping kong » (world village/02/2009)
* DuOud & Abdulatif Yagoub – “Sakat” (Label Bleu 2006)
* DuOuD Wild Serenade (Label Bleu 2002)