Jafar Hasan Aboud & the Mazguf Ensemble

Jafar Hasan Aboud

Jafar Hasan Aboud

Watch live video clips with Jafar Hasan Aboud & the Maguf ensemble!

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See a video about the band’s tour to Baghdad!

Jafar Hasan Aboud is Iraq’s perhaps most wellknown and respected composer, whose music moves freely between Classical Arabic Maqam music, Arabic folklore and Western influenced popular music. His songs are great hits to the Iraqi general public, and he has also worked in other Arab countries such as Dubai and Qatar. Furthermore, he is a brilliant oud player. Being forced to escape during the Iraqi war, Jafar ended up as a refugee in Sweden, living there in almost total anonymity, until Pär Moberg stumbled upon him, and was amazed by what he heard. A grant from the Swedish Arts council allowed Jafar to write and perform music together with the band World Mix Orhchestra.  You can watch a video clip from that concert here. They have since also performed with Malmö Opera orchestra. In May 2013, it was possible for Jafar to return to Iraq, and bring with him the newly formed Mazguf Ensemble, to Baghdad for a concert at the National Theatre. The group consisted of some of Denmark’s and Sweden’s finest performers within world music. The concert was broadcasted on all major Iraqi TV channels. It was quite unique for a Western music group to dare to travel to Baghdad in the turmoil then starting to grow in Baghdad.

Nowadays, Mazguf Ensemble is more like a collective, whose members differs from performance to performance. Besides Jafar and Pär Moberg, saxophones, some of the musicians who frequently appear are:

  • Annika Jessen, clarinet
  • Tina Quartey, percussion
  • Allan Skrobe, guitar
  • Erik Olevik, bass
  • Ulrik Brohus, drums
  • Nabil Kassis, qanoun
  • Mats Ingvarsson, bass

The Baghdad Sessions

In cooperation with Moriska Paviljongen and Musik i Syd, Mazguf ensemble is running a continuous scene for Music from the Middle East in Malmö: The Baghdad Sessions. The in-house band is Mazuf ensemble and Jafar. For every night, a guest artist is invited. Often this is a local musician with roots from the Middle East, but sometimes also an internationally known artist. The purpose of the club is to offer a platform for the multicultural population of Malmö to meet around a common interest for music from the Middle East, no matter where you were born and raised. Follow us on Facebook!

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Previous and upcoming concerts:

May 2013: National theatre of Iraq, Baghdad. Watch video clip above!

December 2013. Moriskan, Malmö, Sweden.Watch video clip above.

16th of May 2015. Moriskan Malmö. Premiere for Klubb Baghdad.

8th of August 2015. Pildammsteatern, Malmö. Premiere for the movie “Stories from Malmö – Sounds of Exile”, which features Jafar as one of the main characters.

11th of Sept 2015: Klubb Baghdad @ Moriskan Malmö. Klubb Baghdad featuring Ramy Essam, Egypt. Listen to our version of Ramy’s song Hela Hela below!

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30th of Oct 2015: Klubb Baghdad @ Moriska paviljongen i Malmö.Guest artist Nabil Kassis, qanoun master from Syria.

27th of Nov 2015: Klubb Baghdad @ Moriska Paviljongen i Malmö. Double concert with Mazguf Ensemble and Nordic Ishrak Ensemble.

Berättelser från Malmö – Tour 2016!

A tour, where the film about Jafar and two other immigrated musicians was shown, and an “in house band” accompanied them all in a concert.

12th of May, Global, Copenhagen, Denmark

13th of May, Kulturkvarteret, Kristianstad, Sweden

15th of May, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmö, Sweden

16th of May, Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden.

19th of May 2016: “A New Sweden”, Palladium. Jafar och Nabil was in focus at this concert, which featured several artists that had arrived in Swede as refugees. The concert was recorded by Swedish National Radio.

28th of May 2016: Mini tour of Skåne. We first performed at Skivarp Christian congregation, and then at  Viljan cultural association in Östra Hoby, both times at events trying to bridge the gap between “old” and “new” Swedes.

23rd of Sept 2016: Baghdad Sessions @ Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest artist Nabil Kassis, qanoun.

28th of October 2016: Baghdad Sessions @Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest Artist Marine Kabbabe, Syria, vocalist.

25th of November 2016: Baghdad Sessions @Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest artist: Yair Dalal, oud, violin and vocals

10th of February 2017: Baghdad Sessions @Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest artist: Ali Sabah, oud, and Ghazwan Numan, viola.

10th of March 2017: Baghdad Sessions @Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest artists: Fatma Zidane (vocals), Lars Bo Kujahn, (percussion), and Bilal Irshed, oud. Hear the song “El Hawa” (Fairuz) from the concert below!

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7th of April 2017: Baghdad Sessions @Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö. Guest artist: Omar Mofleh, percussion.

11th of July 2017, 5 PM: Baghdad Sessions@Ellinge Slott, Eslöv, Sweden. Guest artist: Marine Kabbabe, singer from Aleppo, Syria, who now lives in Germany.