On his first own CD Haytham Safia; ud-player and
cross-over musician from Israel & Palestine pays his debt to tradititon.
His very personal interpretation of classical Maqam puts him at the forefront
of the next generation of players from the Arabic culture that combine
profoundness with a fresh curiousity.
Music played with just one instrument: the Ud, in an improvised and
The performer uses different scales which convey various moods and atmospheres.
It is surprising how classical music, jazz, Eastern and African sounds
can make a gripping concert that is continuously fascinating and
gripping. The U’d deserves a more prominent place; the way in which
Haytham Safia tries to achieve that, deserves a big compliment. All
attention for a strict, academic or dusty imago to make place for
ecstasy. (John Hendrix, Groovetime L1 radio Maastricht)
Haytham, with his classical education, is in total control of his
instrument and allows generously jazz and world music. (Cultura Nova