Al 'Azifoon (The Musicians) Al 'Azifoon performs classical and traditional Arabic music on traditional acoustic instruments.
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Al 'Azifoon

Middle Eastern Classics

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Al 'Azifoon is a professional Arabic “Taht” based in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.

In musical terms, "Taht" in Arabic refers to an acoustic musical chamber group which performs classical Arabic music.
Al 'Azifoon" in Arabic is a plural noun which literally means “The Instrumentalists.”

Traditional acoustic Arabic instruments are the heart of Al 'Azifoon's authentic sound, including:
~ melody instruments, such as oud, joura, qanun, nay, mizmar, microtonal accordion, and vocals; and
~ percussion instruments, such as riqq (Arabic tambourine), doumbek (also called: darbuka, dumbek, tabla), duff, mazhar and tabla baladi.

Our repertoire includes works by great Arabic composers, such as Muhammed Abdul Wahab, Baligh Hamdy, the Rahbani Brothers, Said Darwish and many more, as well as traditional muwashahat, folk songs, and popular songs by artists such as Fairuz, Sabah Fahkri, Um Koulthoum,Warda and many others.

Al 'Azifoon's musical mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding, respect, and appreciation for Arabic music, dance, and culture through regular musical performances as well as special concerts and educational programs at public libraries and schools throughout the Greater Bay Area.

  • Learn more about Al 'Azifoon's musical content and the rich diversity of Arabic music on our About page.
  • Visit Al 'Azifoon's Musicians page to learn more about the professional musicians who perform with Al 'Azifoon.
  • View our complete repertoire on our SONG LIST page, which includes MP3 samples of our live performances and other recordings, as well as links to video performances.

Al 'Azifoon performs regularly at public events throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, including our monthly El Morocco Dancers' Nights shows on the 1st Sunday of every month at El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Al 'Azifoon performs for family parties, weddings (we specialize in the wedding zaffa!), henna parties, winery dinners, costume themed-events (such as Moroccan parties, Arabian Nights cruises), corporate sponsored events, belly dance haflas (parties), Middle Eastern cultural festivals, Eid celebrations, cultural diversity celebrations, as well as at art galleries featuring Middle Eastern and Silk Roads exhibits, and at Bay Area restaurants and other venues.

  • Visit Al 'Azifoon's Booking Info page to find promotional materials and information about hiring Al 'Azifoon for your next Middle Eastern-themed event!

Al 'Azifoon can be booked in several different configurations, from a musical duet (melody instruments and vocals only without percussion) to up to five or six professional musicians (three melody instruments with vocals and three percussionists), depending on your event, venue and needs.

Potential clients can contact Al 'Azifoon to book the band directly for their event.

  • Visit Al 'Azifoon's Booking Info page for more information about hiring Al 'Azifoon for your next upcoming event.
  • Professional Entertainment Agency Representatives and certified professional Event Planners:
    Email Al 'Azifoon from this link!

Al 'Azifoon performs on the 1st Sunday of every month for Dancers' Nights at El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, CA.

  • Visit our Upcoming Shows page for Al 'Azifoon's complete upcoming performance schedule.

Al 'Azifoon with Helm, El Morocco Restaurant, Pleasant Hill, October 20122
Al 'Azifoon with Helm
performing at El Morocco Dancers' Night at El Morocco Restaurant, Pleasant Hill

Photo: Scott Belding

DANCERS: Please try our NEW on-line Song Request Form for upcoming performances!

Al 'Azifoon is now on Facebook, YouTube and AC5!

The founding members of Al 'Azifoon, Yosifah and Nathan were featured in this
Contra Costa Times article dated July 21, 2011
about Al 'Azifoon's performances of Arabic music for the
Contra Costa Library 2011 Summer Concert Series in Orinda and Pleasant Hill.

Yosifah (with qanun) and Nathan (with oud) practicing together at home.  Photo by Ray Chavez, staff photographer, Contra Costa Times.

Al 'Azifoon was also featured in this article, from the Martinez Patch, dated November 14, 2011:
Al 'Azifoon in Martinez Patch

Yosifah was interviewed by Scott Belding for ARTBEAT Video Magazine in March 2010
in a feature about the band Al 'Azifoon and their performances
at El Morocco Restaurant Dancers' Nights.
Watch this interview on YouTube!

Study Classical Arabic Music with our musical mentor and esteemed instructor Elias Lammam.

Contact ~ Booking Info ~ About ~ The Musicians ~ Arabic Instruments ~ Upcoming Shows ~ Past Highlights ~ SONG LIST

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