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Artist Profiles: Adel Salameh

Adel Salameh
Adel Salameh

Palestinian ‘ud player and composer, Adel Salameh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1966. He started performing as a soloist while still living in the Arab World, but emigrated to Europe in 1990.

He quickly established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the ‘ud. He performed in more than thirty countries including Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and numerous countries in North Africa and Europe.

When performing as a soloist or with musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds, Adel believed that music is an excellent tool to build bridges between various cultures. In an effort to tackle these cultural barriers, he worked with Turkish, Spanish, Indian, French, English, Israeli and jazz musicians.

Adel worked with Womad/Real World for several years and performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe.

He collaborated with Algerian singer Naziha Azzouz and recorded several CDs with her.

Adel Salameh died on January 23, 2019.


Master of the Oud (Playasound)

Awda (Enja)

Nuzhu (Arion)

Kanza (Enja)

Rissala (Enja)

Mediterraneo (Riverboat)


Adel Salameh, ‘Ud Virtuoso

Adel Salameh – Hafla

Adel Salameh – Hafla (Enja CD 9153-2, 2004) and Kanza (Enja CD 9137-2, 2002)

‘Ud virtuoso Adel Salameh performs contemporary Middle Eastern music that combines classical Arabic and jazz sensibilities. He has a preference for chamber-style acoustic ensembles.

On Hafla, Salameh uses an ensemble of six: Adel Salameh on ‘ud and vocals; Naziha Azzouz on vocals; Bruno Sansalone on clarinet; Mohamad Daftari on violin; Dahmane Khalfa on percussion; and Jorge “Negrito” Trasante on drums.

Adel Salameh – Kanza

Kanza includes a smaller cast of top of the line musicians: Adel Salameh on ‘ud; Naziha Azzouz on vocals; the well known Barbaros Erkose on clarinet; and Abdel Ghani Krija on darbuka, riq and bendir.