Yousif Elmosley

Sudanese-American artist, composer, and arranger Yousif Elmosley brought family and friend into Euphonic Studio for overdubs on one of his songs, "Kida La". From left, Mahmoud, Hadel, Arig, and Yousif.

Sudanese-American artist, composer, and arranger Yousif Elmosley brought family and friend into Euphonic Studio for overdubs on one of his songs, “Kida La”. From left, Mahmoud, Hadel, Arig, and Yousif.

Yousif Elmosley,  his two daughters Hadel and Arig and friend Mahmoud visited Euphonic Studio to record overdubs onto  some backing tracks that had been composed and arranged by Yousif in another studio.   The song, “Kida La”, is a pop song written in north African idioms.  It’s basically about a man and woman who are having a relationship problem, and the man is attempting to coax the woman to change something.  It’s sung in a dialect of Arabic, so I’m relying on my memory of what Yousif explained to me about the song during the session.

We did the lead and backup vocals, djembe, and violin track that night.  I am very impressed with Yousif’s abilities as a musician and producer.  Besides performing on djembe and singing the lead vocal, he came prepared with charts where needed, and he had a clear vision of what things should sound like and a keen ear for when we needed to retake.  That’s how we were able to get a lot of work done in just a short time.

Yousif and his family are originally from the Sudan, which borders Egypt in north Africa.  They are the second African group that we’ve had record at Euphonic Studio, and we love the cultural diversity.  We really enjoy the world music here and we like to get to know about people and cultures from other parts of the world.

Enjoy the music!

Kida La

 

8 Comments

  1. Steve Pawlenty

    Very nice Bill! You must be having a ball.

  2. Hi, Steve!

    It’s really a treat to have such talent and diversity of styles of music to work with.

    Right now… I have 3 projects in various stages of completion (some almost done). Mirror Coat, a prog indie band, the Amen Choir, a praise choir from Burundi, Africa, and All Dogs Invited, a Mount Vernon indie punk band. I have pending recording from a rock band from Waterloo, another African praise choir from Des Moines, a violin salon piece recording, a vocal over on some pop backing tracks, plus my own projects.

    Needless to say this is extremely gratifying to me (all the business) as well as entertaining and educational.

    I don’t know why I’m so lucky, but the people we’ve had through here to record have just been a blast! The energy is very strong and positive. I’m diggin’ it.

  3. Mutaz

    As a Sudanese, I am more than proud of Sir Yousif Elmosley. He is a humane, artist, musician and producer. He has the taste of rain in his music. We listen to his music and we even wait to listen his recorded interviews with Sudan national radio stations. Any way Sir Yousif Elmosley doesn’t realize how much we love him. You are more Mozart, Beethoven and we taste all world music styles in yours, but the special taste of sudanese music remains the best…..

    • Thank you for your beautiful comment. I will email a link to Elmosley so he sees it, too.

      Best regards,

      Bill

  4. Indeed this is a job well done. Elmosley is a prominent Sudanese musician who added his own touch into our music.

  5. Hassan Bakri

    without a promise we trust on Elmosley will bring more goodness for Sudanese music as he always did

  6. Hassan Bakri

    and even he is late.. he will come

  7. Yousif Elmosley

    Dear Hassan I was busy with my concert at SAPAA conference in Alexandria VA. I appreciate your support very much.
    Thanks a lot

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