Global Oud Forum – Episode 5


Virtual World Premiere
Tue, 8 June at 8 pm UAE

Episode 5 features performances from Driss El Maloumi of Morocco, Nabil Hilaneh of Syria, Alaa Shaheen of Amman and a duet between Somar al-Naser (Syria) and Bacem Yousfi (Tunisia) both based in France. The episode will shed light on the crafts of Nazih Ghadban with a featured report from his workshop in Ras Baalbak, Lebanon. Additionally, Dr. Mourad Sakli will walk us through the origins of the Oud, how it integrates into today’s music industry and how artists can achieve support for their work.

Locations: France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Tunisia


Nabil Hilaneh

Musician – Syria, Germany

A Syrian oud musician and member of the Oud House in Cairo, Hilaneh has taught at various music institutions and performed in many concerts in Syria and abroad, and he was awarded a prize at the international competition of the Arabic Lute. Based in Berlin, he regularly performs across Europe as a soloist and as part of the duo Damascus Berlin and the trio Ogarit.


Musician – Syria, France

Syrian oud player and composer Somar Al Nasser is a graduate of the Oud House in Cairo and has been a part of many theatrical musical projects. Since settling in France, he has regularly participated in the Aix Festival for Mediterranean Musicians.


Musician – Tunisia, France

Tunisian oud player and teacher Bacem Yousfi infuses his music with Jazz, Turkish and classical music. He is a member of the Oud House in Cairo and has performed with many orchestras in many concerts around the world.

Alaa Shaheen

Musician – Jordan

Known as ‘prince of the oud’, Jordanian oud player Alaa Shaheen was trained at the Oud House of Cairo and has adopted an innovative modern Andalusian oud style with the ability to translate the flamenco genre. He holds the title of Musical Ambassador in Jordan.

Driss El Maloumi

Musician – Aghadir, Morocco

Known as ‘the poet of the lute’, El Maloumi is Director of the Conservatory of Agadir, Morocco and is a Global Oud Forum lead artist. He has contributed to musical works for theater and film, has published articles on oud music and has won several awards, including the Medal of Agadir City, the Medal of Merit and the Medal of Honour of the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic in the rank of Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature.

Dr. Mourad Sakli

Musicologist – Tunisia

Dr. Sakli is an oud player and composer specializing in the Tunisian dialect and an international expert in cultural policy, management and development. Sakli has served as Director of the Center for Arab and Mediterranean Music, as Director of the Carthage International Festival, President of the Association of the Rashidi Institute for Tunisian Music and Minister of Culture in the Republic of Tunisia.

Nazih Ghadban

Luthier – Ras Ba’albak, Lebanon

Over 50 years ago, Nazih Ghadban’s passion for music grew into a passion for oud making. Today, his handcrafted ouds are used by accomplished players throughout their careers.