Yousra Dhahbi
يسرى الذهبي


Yousra Dhahbi was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1966 into a family of musicians. Although interested in the oud from an early age, she initially pursued a career in medicine. However, alongside this she took private lessons with the great Tunisian oud master Ali Sriti and in 1988 she obtained a Diploma in Arab Music and Oud from the Conservatory in Tunis. While studying for her Master's degree at the Institut Supérieur de Musique de Tunis she met the Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, who convinced to pursue a solo oud career. With the support of her family she abandoned her medical work and devoted herself to music full-time. After completing her Master's degree in 1994, Dhahbi took up a post as a teacher of oud and singing at the Centre National de Musique et d’Arts Populaire, Tunis. In 1999 she won first prize in an international oud competition in Amman, Jordan. Dhahbi was appointed Director of the Centre National de Musique in 2001, but after three years in this role she returned to teach at the Institut Supérieur de Musique de Tunis and also released her debut CD. She remained at the Institute until 2009, when she began her doctoral studies on the Tunisian musical heritage preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Dhahbi . She currently lives in Lausanne, Switzerland and performs regularly in Europe and North Africa.




Selected Recordings

Rhapsody pour Luth/Rhapsody for Lute
(Institut du Monde Arabe 321057)

Yousra Dhahbi cites her main influences as Jamil and Munir Bashir, Ghanim Haddad and Salman Shukur and her debut album is very much in the spirit of the Baghdad school of oud playing. It features a series of compositions for solo oud, some of which were recorded live in Belgium.

1. Hayra/Anxiety 16:00
2. Raksa/Dance 5:52
3. Hanin/Tenderness 7:13
4. Rouhaniyet/Meditations 4:42
5. Farha/Joy 12:46
6. Hamasset/Murmurs 4:17
7. Tahmila Rast 13:35


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