In Jazz Al’Arab ancient North African music meets the jazz sounds of the WDR Big Band in a collective harmony that breaks through cultural differences and boundaries. A host of different music traditions, rhythms and melodies promise the audience an energising evening full of zeal of vitality.

Jazz Al’Arab is organised in co-operation by WDR Big Band, the Zollverein Foundation and PACT Zollverein and is part of the programme of the European Broadcasting Union’s Conference on International Integration.


1 – Jabario – Composed By – Aziz Sahmaoui
2 – Sawye – Composed By – Youcef Boukella
3 – Meli Ana – Composed By – Traditional
4 – Gwanir – Composed By – Karim Ziad
5 – Aīt Oumrar – Composed By – Traditional
6 – The Joker – Composed By – Bojan Zulfikarpasic*
7 – Chalini – Composed By – Traditional
8 – Zawiya – Composed By – Aziz Sahmaoui
9 – Yahdik Allah – Composed By – B’net Houriyat*, Karim Ziad, Nguyên Lê


Recorded live at the Kölner Philharmonie, 2006.
Arranged By Michael Gibbs
Artwork By Uwe Melichar, Anna Maly @ Factor Design, Hamburg
Edited By Ruth Witt
Engineer : Christian Schmitt
Mastered By Christian Schmitt

Lucas M Schmid : Producer
Michael Gibbs : Conductor
Orchestra : WDR Big Band Cologne
Karim Ziad : vocals, drums
Aziz Sahmaoui : vocals, percussions
Mehdi Askeur : vocals, percussions
Rhani Krija : vocals, percussions