Tunisian percussionist Najib Bahri is inheritor of the Andalucian music tradition and a master on darbouka (goblet drum), bendir (frame drum), and riq (tambourine) in the Maghrebi classical and folk styles. He began playing at age eight with his father and uncles and attended the National Conservatory of Music at 16. Over the years, he has researched different world rhythms and accompanied some of the most prestigious musicians of the Arab world. He also leads the musical group El Amal (Arabic for “Hope”) and offers a unique sound that he calls North African dance grooves.
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