About Yussef Ahmed
A SPOKEN GRAPHIC ARTIST.
Held together by the impressive funk credentials of his band, blending a wide range of poetic & musical genres.
Yussef Ahmed is a poet, musician and cultural activist who has been on the cutting edge of literature & music, bridging the gap and making the art form more accessible to a wider audience.
His nation wide performances have been varied with headline performances at various clubs, art centres and out door events such as Cheltenham Literature Festival and as far afield as the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Sharing the stage with the likes of Mutabaruka, Benjamin Zephaniah, Youssou N 'Dour and Gabriel with his unique style of social commentary fused with urban grooves
London born of Trinidadian parents. Yussef is dubbed as a
Musical poet extraordinaire because of his uniqueness as a performer steams from his ability to captivate an audience through a stunning delivery of his perspective and often wry lyrics, which covers a range of subjects on the poetic licences that he now endorses
Yussef's eloquence and dexterity leaves you with a feeling of unity and happiness as his poems successfully dances from the page to the stage. Along with his band their performances are infamous for building to a frantic Crescendo, vowing to induce sensations which mobilize all senses.
Yussef has produced four full length albums 'Love Of Life'
(2001), 'Against All Odds' (2004), 'Rejuvenation' (2006) 'Totally Life' (2009) and 'Circles' (2013) on his own label Hilal On Wax.
Yussef has also worked with various producers, most notably Paul Brook (who worked with the likes of Coldcut) and currently with
Paul Hauton (who worked with the likes of Steel Pulse).
Yussef's poem 'For No One' and lyrics on 'New World' and 'Go Boy' has been recorded by the widely acclaimed group Zap Mama. His music has also been featured on an award winning documentary by Hal Aqah Press entitled 'Five Hundred Years Later.
His extensive touring has fulfilled engagements throughout the UK and main land Europe, which has led to his performances being broadcast on the national media.
According to Yussef Ahmed "we make music to keep your feet moving and your mind working, hence there will always be meaningful lyrics copulated with organic grooves from the soul of the diaspora".