Mohamed Ahaddaf
محمد أحداف

 
Biography

Mohamed Ahaddaf was born in Tétouan, Morocco in 1975 and studied music at the city's Conservatory. In 1994 he was invited by Moroccan conductor, Mohamed Ben Larbi Temsamani, to join his orchestra, and three years later he began his international career in a band led by Mohamed El Amin Akrami. It was during a European tour with this group in 1997 that he first visited Amsterdam, a city he would later make his home. In 2010 Mohamed formed the Ahaddaf Quartet, with the aim of combining Moroccan-Andalusian music with jazz and Latin influences. The following year he won first prize at the International Oud Festival of Tétouan, and in 2012 the Ahaddaf Quartet released their debut CD. Mohamed has also performed with the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and has composed music for Dutch films.

 
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Selected Recordings

Nasim al Andalous

This first recording features the first incarnation of the Ahaddaf Quartet, including Eren Önsoy on piano, Stephan Raidl on double bass and Emad Ghajjou on percussion.

1. Nadra 6:53
2. Selma 6:22
3. Lahda 4:36
4. Longa Ahaddaf 7:02
5. Aisha 5:51
6. Para Ti 5:03
7. Historia 6:18
8. Tanger 5:30
9. Tetouan 5:26
10. Leilati 5:27
11. Almeia 3:44



Spoken Soul

The Ahaddaf Quartet's second disc sees a new lineup, with Mohamed joined by Avishai Darash on piano, Stephan Raidl on double bass and electronics, and Ulas Aksunger on percussion.

1. Nahawand 5:35
2. Matar 6:51
3. Yaomun Jamil 6:32
4. Habibate 4:55
5. Basma 5:25
6. Huzen 5:08
7. Safar 4:29
8. Tanger 4:35
9. Longa Maroc 3:46
10. De Zon Schijnt 3:08
11. Farha 7:13
12. Aisha 6:11



Seasons

This latest offering from the Ahaddaf Quartet features Mohamed Ahaddaf on oud, Avi Darash on piano, Matt Adomeit on double bass and Francesco Bongiorno on percussion.

1. Makamat 3:20
2. Yaumo Eid 3:46
3. Mahmakan 4:21
4. Rarnata 3:15
5. Longa 5 Mei 3:22
6. Abadan 4:09
7. Marrakech 3:20
8. Ainaki 2:54
9. Wasla 4:51

 


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