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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Imed Alibi Launches New 'Safar' CD

Imed Alibi عماد العليبي

Imed Alibi is a multi-talented Tunisian percussionist and musician who has worked with such musicians/bands as Les Boukakes Rachid Taha,and Emel Mathlouthi.   His new CD 'Safar' is a musical masterpiece that blends drums with digital beats, keyboards, violin, accordion, qanun and the nay.

Imed Alibi Project at festival Arabesques 2013 (

Solo Imed Alibi au festival detours du monde 2012 (

The Imed Alibi Project has brought together a variety of talented musicians who have all contributed to the unforgettable sound of the Safar CD.   They include:


Imed Alibi, Safar (IRL, 2014)
Reviewed by Ramzi Salti All tracks FCC safe

Imed Alibi is an amazing Tunisian percussionist who has played with such musicians as Rachid Taha and Les Boukakes. This is his first solo album and features percussive music cobined with Berber and Sufi rhythms, ample violin sounds, and electronica.  A truly global musical gem.


**1. Pour quelques dinars de plus – Title composed by Stéphane Puech and inspired by the film ’For a Few Dollars More’ with a traditional Tunisian rhythm. 4:06

2. Bounawara – Tribal rhythm from Tunisia with Led Zeppelin influences at the end. 5:02

3. Fanfare d’Alexandrie – Trumpet sounds mixed with Egyptian baladi rhythm including darbuke. 5:17

**4. Maknassy – This is the name of Alibi’s hometown where the Tunisian revolution began. Features haunting vocals by Emel Mathlouthi. Gnawa rhythm. 5:06

**5. Nafass – Title means “Breath.” Sufi instrumental. Ft Zied Zouari on violin 6:11

6. MHD – Track composed by Pasco Teillet (Speed Caravan); rhythm gains speed as track progresses. 4:42

7. Balkani Connexion – Rhythm is 7/8. Balkani influence. 5:45

8. Staring at the Sand – Mixture of electro sound, Algerian vocals and tribal rhythms; joyful end ft Egyptian violins. 5:28


"Imed Alibi's music is an epic and joyful expression of a soul revolution. Built on the percussive foundations of Alibi's Berber and Sufi rhythms , virtuoso Tunisian violinist Zied Zouari's emotive quarter-tone melisma soars over rich orchestrations, heavyweight dub lines , and distorted digital beats of French stephane Puech. This is the soundtrack for a new Arab vision of the 21st Century and will do for contemporary Arabic music what Gotan project did for Tango and Latin"--JUSTIN ADAMS(producer,Robert Plant's guitarist)

The opening track 'Pour Quelques Dinars de Plus' is a grand, pounding instrumental that sets the mood with its reference to Ennio Morricone's music for the classic spaghetti western. There's drifting trumpet work on Fanfare D'Alexandrie, a cheerful Arab/eastern-European violin and accordion workout on Balkani Connexion, and – best of all – the thoughtful and then pounding Maknassy, which features guitar from co-producer Justin Adams and rousing vocals from Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi, whose protest anthems spurred on the 2011 uprisings.

Imed Alibi's Safar CD Review (Source:
Imed Alibi’s debut album, a rich tapestry of North African, Turkish, Brazilian, Balkan and rock sensibilities, works a treat because nothing feels forced: the conjunctions are happy ones, creating a web of contrasting connections that flow with a sense of inevitability rather than irritatingly clash.

Built like a suite, “Safar” plays on changes of mood, each track leading into the next, with a perfectly judged sense of drama. There are widescreen cinematic moments, with multiple tracks built into a breathtaking wall-of-sound - Phil Spectorà l’orientale with shades of Ennio Morricone - in the opener “Pour quelques dinars de plus”, while the ney, violin and drum in the meditative “Nafass” evoke the slow-spiralling inward-focused movement of the Mevlevi dervish rituals.

The symphonic feel of many of the tracks, often strengthened by the well-timed alternation of tension and release, brings to mind the texture of the Middle Eastern and Egyptian orchestra – swirling violins with the romantic peals of delicate notes from the qanun. Imed Alibi has played percussion in classical orchestras, as well as with Safy Boutella, Rachid Taha and Mercan Dede. For his first album, he is graced with collaborators who have realised his vision with outstanding sensitivity. The French composer and electronic keyboard wizard Stéphane Puech contributes an array of subtle digital effects as well as unobtrusive but effective orchestration. Justin Adams – along with producer Tim Oliver – brings a rock sensibility to the mix, powerful but never drowning in the usual metal guitar clichés.

What holds the album together – and distinguishes it from other attempts at global mix – are Imed Alibi’s strong roots in North African and Arab music. The lilting rhythms and melismatic musical lines anchor his explorations in a tradition that happens to combine extremely well with the energy and ecstatic soul of rock’n’roll. (

My 'Arabology' radio program included a spotlight on Imed Alibi's new CD 'Safar' on March 6, 2014.  Listen at minute at 49 below or at

Arabology 7.8 [Mike Massy Interview + Imed Alibi + Alternative Arabic Music] by arabology

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Meet Imed Alibi: An Amazing New Singer from Tunisia عماد العليبي

Imed Alibi Is One of Tunisia's Most Talented Rising Musicians.

Here is the song "Oummi امي" (performed with his group Les Boukakes) which is dedicated to all all Moms in Egypt and Tunis. Imed is the song writer of 'Oummi' and the singer is Bachir Mokhtar of les Boukakes band; the song is Imed's composition and he is also the percussionist.

Please scroll down under the video to read Imed's biography in 3 languages (English, Arabic, French) 

To listen to songs by Imad Alibi and Les Boukakes, see the web sites below:

Imed Alibi was born in 1978 in Tunisia. He started playing percussions with groups of oriental classical music.

In 2001 he arrived in France to pursue his studies of translation. He accompanied groups of oriental music, flamenco and tzigane music and he participated in theater, music and dance spectacles.One year later, in 2002, Imed started playing with "Les Boukakes", a fusion group between rock music, raï and gnawa.

Between 2002 and 2004, the group has been on tour in France and in Portugal .
In 2004, the group has been selected at the "Printemps De Bourges." The next year Imed toured with Les Boukakes abroad in: Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Morocco, Tenerife, ...
In 2006, they've been on tour in 15 country, and participated at the "Sziget Festival" in Budapest, the "Roots Festival" in Amsterdam an also at the "Sakifo" in La Réunion.
2007 he played at the "Paleo Festival" in Nyon, "Montreal Jazz Festival" together with Les Boukakes and Rachid Taha, in Agadir at the "Timitar Festival", "Festival Suds" In Arles, "Fiesta" in Sète and Les Bouakes also have been on tour in Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

Imed participated in the recording of the album "Bledi" by Les Boukakes as well as author, composer and percussionist. He also participated at other albums, for example the last one of Ziskakan, a group of La Réunion who represents another merge experience of oriental rhythms, with "maloya." He was invited to accompany the group for concerts in Montpellier and at Saint-Leu at La Réunion.

He is working actually with tunisian artist Emel Mathlouthi. Among the Boukakes, he helps at the communication with the medias and he was interviewed by ARTE; RFI; RTBF; RMTC, THE PRAGUE POST; FROOTS; RSR;Fr3,...
The Boukakes were nominated for the BBC RADIO 3 AWRDS 2007.

ولد عماد العليبي في عام 1978 في تونس. بدأ العزف ألإيقاع مع مجموعات موسيقية من الموسيقى الكلاسيكية الشرقية. في 2001 وصل إلى فرنسا لمتابعة دراساته في الترجمة. ورافق مجموعة من الموسيقى الشرقية ، والفلامنكو والموسيقى غجري وشارك في المسرح سنة واحدة في وقت لاحق ، في عام 2002 ، بدأ عماد العليبي العزف مع "Les Boukakes" ، وهي مجموعة تدمج بين الفيوجن و الروك و الراي. بين عامي 2002 و 2004 ، كانت المجموعة في جولة في فرنسا والبرتغال, سويسرا ، بلجيكا ، ألمانيا ، المغرب. وشارك عماد العليبي في تسجيل ألبوم "بلادي" مع مجموعة "Les Boukakes" كملحن ومؤلف وعازف إيقاع. وشارك أيضا في البومات أخرى مع عدة مجموعات. عماد العليبي يعزف حاليا مع الفنانة التونسية أمال مثلوثي و يعزف مع "Les Boukakes" في نفس الوقت

Imed Alibi est né en 1978 en Tunisie. Il commence par jouer des percussions avec des groupes de musique orientale classique..

En 2001, il arrive en France pour poursuivre des études de traduction... Il accompagne des groupes de musique orientale, de flamenco et de musique tzigane et il participe à des spectacles de théâtre, de musique et de danse... Un an plus tard, en 2002, Imed commence à jouer avec "Les Boukakes", un groupe de fusion entre la musique rock, la musique raï et le gnawa.... Avec eux il fait une tournée dans 26 pays en Europe,Canada,le Maroc,Qatar,la réunion dans des festivals comme le Sziget,Paléo,Sakifo,Le Prientemps de Bourges..jouant en première partie de plusieurs artistes comme Mami,dibango,Aubert,Lavilliers..Et il a également acompagné Les Boukakes et Rachid Taha a Montreal Jazz Festival..

Imed a participé à l'enregistrement des albums "Bledi"et Marra des Boukakes en tant qu'auteur et compositeur. Il a également pris part à d'autres albums, dont le dernier de Ziskakan, un groupe de la Réunion qui représente une autre expérience de fusion de rythmes orientaux, avec la "maloya"et Koalas Desperados avec Laura Lopez Castro,Hector gomez,....le prochain Album de Watcha Clan,il travaille aussi sur une musique de film documentaire pour la chaine ARTE. ..Il a accompagné d'autres groupes et d'autres artistes comme Watcha Clan,Mamdouh Bahri ,Michel Marre,Sandra Lipari,Rona Hartner,Hamid Bouchnack,Djerba Internationa,,Emel Mathlouthi,Nainawa..Il prépare actuellement un album de percussions en duo avec Amar Chaoui ...Plusieurs passages sur les médias dont ARTE,FRANCE3,M6,RADIO BBC,RTBF,NESSMA,CANAL 21...

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