My Interview with Moroccan Sufi Musician Yassir Chadly (incl live performances on Oud and Gimbri)

Click on the link below to listen to my interview with Yassir Chadly (May 16, 2013) which includes 2 live in-studio performances by Yassir playing the Oud and the Gimbri. Give it a minute to load.

Born  in Casablanca, Morocco, Yassir Chadly has made the USA his home since 1977 and has been performing and recording Moroccan music here since that time.
He is a gifted musician of many traditional Moroccan instruments including the oud, gimbri, karkabas, darbuka, fretless banjo, tarija and  bendeer and is one of the first Moroccan artists to introduce his native music to an American audience.

His innovative style and distinctive  personality has led him to collaborate with many American Jazz artists including  Pharoah Sanders, Steve Coleman and Randy Weston. He has also recorded and performed with Cuban artist Omar Sosa, digeridoo master Stephen Kent, bluegrass musician and Buddhist activist, Alan Senuake, Hamza Lila, The Mo’Rockin’ Project and Funky Blues musician Taj Mahal . Recently he has composed and performed music with the bay area Flamenco artist Kerensa DeMars and Flamenco gypsy singer Kina Mendez.

His first solo CD, AJEEB! was released in 2005 and is available  on iTunes.

He has composed and performed Moroccan music for Alonzo King and Lines Ballet Company of San Francisco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The North Carolina Dance Theatre ,The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV show and in 2006 was a featured performer with Philip Glass and his ensemble at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the West Coast premiere of The Qatsi Trilogy.

His jazz/Moroccan fusion CD entitled “SAHABA” recorded with The Mo’Rockin Project is available on their website at

In addition to his musical talents he has also performed as a FOLKLORIC STORYTELLER bringing together Western and Sufi traditions in an  innovative style.

He currently resides in Northern California with his wife filmmaker and ceramicist Khadijah Chadly and their three sons .

Yassir will be in concert along with other musicians at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California for 'A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music' on Saturday May 25 at 8pm.

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