The mighty parisian musicans-producers duet DUOUD – Mehdi Haddab & Smadj have been the first band to mix the North African oud with electronic sounds. The pair builds a musical cycle that looks to their North African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music styles break beats, techno, jazz, grooves & rock guitar sounds, 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 supported by 3 years world tour. In 2006, DuOud is recording “Sakat” in Yemen with Abdulatif Yagoub. A true meeting of culture, a deep and rare jewel. On “Ping Kong”, the duet 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.
Jean-Pierre Smadja aka Smadj as an artist, producer – recording engineer never stops experiencing musical collaborations on various projects with great artists such Burhan Öçal, Erik Truffaz, Talvin Singh Cem Yildiz, Ibrahim Maalouf, Bojan Z… Algerian Born, Mehdi Haddab is well known as both a virtuoso player of the classical oud, and for his pioneering musical project Speed Caravan breaking into the rock world armed with an electric oud. Mehdi and his Speed Caravan have buildt their reputation and fan base at festivals worldwide, Speed Caravan’s electrifying, high-energy stage performance has become their trademark.
Both of them 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. Life and projects teared them apart… But the “Enfants Terribles” of the oud are back ! Having produced their own past albums, they have now collaborated with producers to come along with them on this new era. the four-tracks release offers up two new tunes, Get Sexy Get Mad an instrumental track mixed by frequent collaborator David Husser along with a remix version reinterpreted by Doctor L one the most innovative producers of music in Africa. The second is a song La Vida empowered by Sofiane Saidi arabic vocals the Star of Rai Music in France, produced by Sofyane Ben Youssef the producer responsable for the electonics in Ammar 808. La Vida reworked by Doctor L with a massive break beat and the soulful vocal of Sofiane Saidi.
Concerts 2018/19: Suds à Arles (FR), Annaba (DZ), Festival Couleurs du Monde (FR), China Tour, FMMS Sines (PT), Caph'Arts'Naüm (FR), Lieu Unique Nantes (FR), Taipei (TW), Oud Festival Gent (BE), Womad Australia (AU), World Music Festival Panama (PA), Shanghai World Music Festival (CN), Dimajazz (DZ)...