Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj) – Tunesia

Producer / Recording & Soun Engineer

  • Collaboration Workshop
  • 5 – 7 May
  • Uganda Museum

Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj) Tunisian born, Parisian musician, Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj) grew up listening to Oriental, Brazilian, funk, soul, and folk music. Entering a jazz school at age 15 due to his intense interest in the guitar, Smadj’s musical development came to be characterized by transforming traditional jazz styles into eclectic sounds. This interest in the mechanics of making music led Smadj to pursue a degree in sound engineering, which led to a fruitful career as a recording& sound engineer for famous classical and folk musicians. Releasing his first album in 1994, it wasn’t until 2000 that Smadj became recognized on an international scale for his signature blending of acoustic and electronic sounds on Equilibriste, which would ascend on the European World Music Charts to the number 4 position. In 2002, Smadj joined fellow French musician Mehdi Haddab, for a special project that would transport the oud to the 21st century in DuOuD.