Dhafer Youssef – Digital Prophecy
(Justin Time – 2003)
by Paula Edelstein
The mysterious sound of the oud permeates this exotic program that is sure to lure you into Dhafer Youssef’s web of artistic integrity. Joined by such great musicians as Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and keys, Rune Arnesen on drums and programming, guitarist Eivind Aarset, Ronu Majumdar on bansuri, bassist Dieter Ilg, and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, the trance-dance world music delicacy of DIGITAL PROPHECY is not only a durable collaboration, but an imaginative out-of-the-box MUST ADD to your music collection. For those unfamiliar with Dhafer Youssef’s artistry, he is regarded as a peerless composer and instrumentalist who can not only blend the difficult rhythms of Sufi mysticism and colors with the electronic remixes of the 21st century, but is a spirited vocalist.
This CD is filled with amazing interplay, freedom of expression, spirituality and the type of spellbinding music that you can also dance to, groove to and definitely feel. Top picks include “Aya” and “Seventh Heaven Suite.”