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Tanweer Sacred Music Festival unveils a lineup of world-class artists including Dhafer Youssef

Tanweer Sacred Music Festival unveils a lineup of world-class artists including Dhafer Youssef

Discover the wonder of the Mleiha Desert in a three-day celebration of music, wellness, and unity from November 24-26

Sharjah, October 8, 2023

Prepare to witness a unique musical odyssey as the renowned Tunisian composer, vocalist, and oud master, Dhafer Youssef, graces the stage on Day-3 of the Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, nestled within the mesmerising embrace of the Mleiha Desert in Sharjah. Running from November 24 to 26, 2023, this groundbreaking festival promises an immersive cultural journey transcending boundaries while celebrating the profound power of music, unity, and heritage.

Dhafer Youssef to share a soul-stirring journey through music

Dhafer Youssef, globally recognised for his innovative and eclectic musical stylings that interweave jazz, world melodies, and avant-garde classical harmonies, guarantees an unforgettable performance that leaves audiences spellbound. His mastery of the oud, soul-stirring vocals, and ability to craft music that challenges and captivates have earned him a global following. His work delves deeply into spirituality, exploring themes of love, loss, and the human experience.

Youssef’s impressive accolades stand as a testament to his musical prowess. In 2015, he was honoured with the prestigious Polar Music Prize; and in 2017, he won the Edison Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious international music awards with his album “Diwan of Beauty and Odd”, which the jury described as a masterpiece.

A unique showcase of the world’s greatest performers and holistic practitioners

The festival showcases a remarkable array of talents. Among them is Amir John Haddad – EL AMIR, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer and producer blending flamenco, Arabic tunes, classical harmonies, and diverse genres into entrancing performances. Chantress Seba, dubbed the “Singer of the Stars,” delivers ethereal music, connecting audiences with the cosmos through her spontaneous melodies.

World-class percussionist, Daneel, captivates with groundbreaking rhythms, electrifying listeners with his performance dynamism. Maria Coman, deeply passionate about Byzantine music, offers soulful performances that touch the human essence. Nassib Bouchebel immerses the Tanweer audience in Entheogenic Soundscapes, promoting introspection and balance. His acts lead audiences towards self-discovery and harmony, gaining global acclaim.

Tumenjargal Tserennadmid, the renowned Mongolian long song singer, joins forces with Khusugtun Band, an ensemble blending traditional Mongolian instruments and khoomei throat singing, captivating audiences worldwide as cultural ambassadors for Mongolia. Mei-lan’s ethereal vocals and Ali Pervez Mehdi‘s ethnic soulful sound combine to form a genre-defying musical blend. Finally, Fadi Rifaai graces the stage with spiritual chants that resonate healing and transformation. His acts emphasise music’s therapeutic power, marking a must-watch performance at the festival.

Embark on a journey of entertainment, peace and serenity

These remarkable talents, alongside numerous other artists, performers, and practitioners, collectively form the heart and soul of the 3-day Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, enriched by laser projection mapping on the dunes and mountains for an unforgettable sensory experience. Conceived by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, the festival offers a vibrant blend of world-class musicians, immersive art, indigenous crafts, culinary delights, and holistic wellness activities, all underpinned by a commitment to sustainability and a mission to reconnect people with their roots, diverse cultures, and each other in the embrace of the Mleiha desert’s natural ecosystem.

Tickets for the Tanweer Sacred Music Festival are now available on the festival’s website,, and


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