Tunesia-born Jean-Pierre Smadja, or ‘Smadj’, has a passion for two things: music and technology. He was influenced from an early age by an eclectic mix of Oriental and Brazilian music, jazz, funk and soul. As a guitarist, Smadj toured the jazz clubs of Paris with a variety of groups, such as French band Faudel and Fela Kuti’s drummer Tony Allen. He also built an impressive reputation as a studio sound engineer. He then began experimenting with electronic music and embarked his very own ambition to marry jazz sounds with Arab and African instrumentation, a new sound that he dubbed “Tatoum”.
His first two albums intrigued and excited the music media and audiences across Europe and were backed up by a number of stunning live performances in European clubs and festivals, including #WOMAD. Live and unleashed, Smadj controls all samples and electronic programming whilst playing Oud and guitar, which will undoubtedly excite the BAYIMBA Festival audience. Smadj is brought to you by Alliance Française Kampala.