DuOud consists of two oud-playing Parisians who combine their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology. Jean-Pierre Smadja is Tunisian by birth and trained as a jazz musician and sound engineer. Mehdi Haddab was born in Algiers and spent time in Burundi, Central Africa, before settling in Paris. He was a third of the Parisian-based trio Ekova, who specialized in the sort of global-meets-electronic fusion that thrives in Paris.
The oud is one of the most beautiful instruments in the world, lending itself to Turkish, North African, and Middle Eastern interpretation. While DuOud is not the first group to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, they do it with an imaginative freedom that sets them apart from their contemporaries.