Age: 27 years old

Country: Tunisia

Born in M├ędenine into a scientific family, Islem Jamai started singing at the age of 11. He won first prize several times in regional festivals. He started his professional career at the age of 15.

Equipped with a solid education, he moved to Tunis to begin his degree in music and musicology, where he met musicians from all over the world and sang with national celebrities such as Zouari and Mohamed Ali Kammoun.

Islem is settled in Marseille, France, since September 2017, he got his Master in music and musicology (2020) with a subject that comes from his region, the traditional song, with a geo-musical approach. At the moment, he is studying for a Master’s degree in cultural management in Aix-en-Provence and in a specialised cycle (DEM) at the conservatory of Nice, France.

If his field of predilection is Arabo-Oriental music, Islem is intensely immersed in Jazz, Electro, Rock and Post-Rock. He is on the way to create a reference in the contemporary Arabic vocal language by developing a fusional approach that traces his diverse influences from classical Arabic music to Jazz and Post-Rock.

Photo credit: Med Mhamdi