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.