About Imed Alibi
“Imed Alibi Bio”
Imed Alibi is a Tunisian musician and composer. Throughout his career, Imed’s experience spans music performance and composition to artistic direction, cultural management, and project consultancy. He worked as the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Carthage (2020/2021) and Carthage Music Days in 2019, and for Sousse International Percussion Festival for 3 years. He has collaborated as a jury member of Visa for Music in Morocco, Babel Music XP in Marseille, Institut Francais, and Music in Africa.
As an artistic advisor, he has worked with Le Silo in South France for 5 years, and recently with Candid Foundation in Germany on the Alhan Libya project. As a subject matter expert, he works for the UNESCO program in Morocco Music and Sustainable Development. In addition, he has been chosen to be the subject matter expert for the future European capitals of culture.
Imed is an experienced art director and programmer who has traveled to more than 60 countries, specializing in innovative commissions to world artists in different art media, from digital to large public art, local and international partnerships with diverse communities, strategic development, and thinking. In 2021 He was nominated Knight of Arts and Letters by French Minister Roselyn Bachelot.
“Early In life”
Tunisian renowned Artist, Imed Alibi is a proficient percussionist and musician. Born in Maknassy in 1978, he started playing percussions from an early age in popular and classical North African/Middle Eastern orchestras. In the search of refining, he moved to Montpellier, France in the early 2000s, to study at Paul Valery University, which he played in a variety of musical groups such as Flamenco, Eastern Balkanic and even brought his musical talent in dance and theatre
” The Road for a Great Artist”
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), succeeded in the musical environment, the band was nominated in the BBC 3 music Awards in 2006. Ever since, Imed Alibi has played with accomplished and revolutionary musicians such as Rachid Taha, Safy Boutella, Mamdouh Bahri, Ghalia Benali, Kel Assouf, Watcha Clan, Natasha Atlas, Michel Marre. In addition, he 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, searching for diversifying his art, reaching eastern and western musical connections. He most notably worked on the album Banjara, by the famous Réunion band – Ziskakan; collaborated with the Indian Rajasthani band – Dhoad.
“The Travel Therapy”
SAFAR, which means “Travel” in Arabic, was Imed Alibi’s first solo album, released in 2014. A creation with the 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 in Arabic meaning – was a description of Imed’s journeys and encounters as a musician, which led him to also invite Brazilian percussionist, Zé Luis Nascimento, an Indian playback singer, Shreekumar Vakkiyil. SAFAR was well received and reviewed by many prestigious media outlets.
SALHI, was a Soufi/Jazz album released in 2018, along with French Composer and Trumpet player, Michel Marre and Jazz & Sufi music singer, Mounir Troudi.
Imed is currently working 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.
“Many hands make light work”
In 2020, Imed Alibi has been named as Director for the International Musical Festival of Carthage 2020, In the same year he produced the music for the latest film by “Christophe Cotteret” produced by Arte. He is a consultant in “Visa for music” in Morocco and Babel med in Marseille, Candid foundation in Germany, he is also a music consultant for Massive Music in London UK. assigned
Imed 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.
Imed also participate in the organization of several musical festivals, conducts the Sousse International Percussions Festival and has been appointed as Director for The Carthage music Days in Tunisia. As well, In France, he works with SILO, a cooperative dedicated to creating traditional and contemporary music.
Having brought his music to more than 50 countries, Imed Alibi has been chosen to be one of the ambassadors of Tunisian and Mediterranean music to the world.