Imed Alibi is a renowned Tunisian percussionist and musician. He was born in Maknassy in 1978 ,he started playing percussions from an early age in popular and classical North African/Middle Eastern orchestras. Moving to Montpellier, France in the early 2000s, to study in Paul Valery University, he played in a variety of musical groups such as Flamenco, Eastern blakanic and even brought his musical talent to dance and theatre. Imed became a part of oriental fusion band – ‘les bouakaes’ – that mixed Rock & Raï, touring with them for eight years and producing two studio albums – Bledi (2004) and Marra (2008), during which the band was nominated in the BBC 3 music Awards in 2006. Ever since, Imed Alibi has played with accomplished and exemplary musicians such as Rachid Taha, Safy Boutella, Mamdouh Bahri, Ghalia Benali, Kel Assouf, Watcha Clan, Natasha Atlas, Michel Marre..He also collaborated with Tunisian singer and songwriter, Emel Mathlouthi for her album Kelmti Horra and on Tour for several years.
Imed has a deep curiosity for World Music, owed to his far-reaching musical connections in different parts of the world. He most notably worked on the album Banjara, by the famous Réunion band – Ziskakan; collaborated with the Indian Rajasthani band – Dhoad, and also played with Irani, Kurdish and Brazilian musicians.In parallel he has been involved in humanitarian and social actions such as workshops in refugee camps in Jordan, Bethlehem in Palestine,Darb Ahmar school in Cairo Egypt and so many other actions in Tunisia and South of France..
SAFAR, Imed Alibi’s first solo album, released in 2014. It was created with Tunisian violinist, Zied Zouari and musician, Stephane Puech, and produced by English guitarist, Justin Adams, famous for his work with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Saharan desert blues group, Tinariwen. The album – as its name indicates – was a description of Imed’s journeys and encounters as a musician, which led him to also invite Brazilian percussionist, Zé Luis Nascimento and Indian playback singer, Shreekumar Vakkiyil. SAFAR was well received and reviewed by many prestigious media outlets.
Salhi, was a Soufi/Jazz album released 2018, along with French Composer and Trumpet player , Michel Marre and Jazz & Sufi music singer, Mounir Troudi.
Imed is currently working now on his new project mixing electronics and percussions. Apart from creating his own music, Imed also records music for films such as palestro and les prisonniers du FLN by sami lainé and participated in the Iranian film ‘No land’ by Ayat Najafi, with French singers Elise Caron and Jeanne Cherhal, Emel Mathlouthi from Tunisia and Iranian singer, Parveen Namazi.
Imed also helps organize several musical festivals, conducts the Sousse International Percussions Festival and has been appointed as Director for The Carthage music Days in Tunisia. In France he works with SILO, a cooperative dedicated to creating traditional and contemporary music.
Having brought music to more than 50 countries, Imed Alibi has been chosen to beone of the ambassadors of Tunisian and Mediterranean music to the world.