DuOud consists of two oud playing, Tunisian born Jean-Pierre Smadja (already noted for many albums he issued as Smadj), and Algerian born master oud player Mehdi Haddab (known for his work with the acclaimed French based trio, Ekova, and more recently Speed Caravan). Blending their North African heritage with the latest Western technology, the pair builds a musical cycle that looks to their African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music styles – break beats, jazz grooves and metal guitar.

DuOud is the first band to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, they do it with such an imaginative freedom that sets them apart from their contemporaries; their debut album “Wild Serenade” saw them winner for the Best Newcomer award in the BBC Music Awards.