Roberto Haliffi

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Roberto Haliffi was born in Tripoli (North Africa) from a Sephardim family. At an early age he started playing darbuka, an arabic drum and trap set in folk bands. His uncle Bicio introduced him in jazz bands. Together they played for the American military base and in night clubs. He also had his pop band with his musician friends.

In 1967 he was forced to leave Tripoli. He went to Milano (Italy) where he met pianist Sonny Taylor who inspired him to play Latin Jazz Funk music. Another positive experience for Roberto was playing with the African conga player George Aghedo and the famous clarinetist Tony Scott.

In 1973 Roberto came to Holland and played jazz with Burton Greene, Curtis Clarke, Wilbur Little, Nedley Elstak, Woody Shaw, Pia Beck etc. Funk with John Marshall, Rosa King, Hans Dulfer, and worked for singers like Denise Jannah, Angela Groothuizen , Soesja Citroen.

Internationally he played in Switserland with Gene Conners and Delta Rythm Boys. In England with John Marshall, in France with Rosa King and Ingram Washington, in Spain with Pia Beck, in New York with Klezmokum band, Essiet Okun Esiet, John Tchikay and Perry Robinson.

He recorded over more than twenty CD’s and albums and is working on two new ones.

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Roberto Haliffi

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1058 HB  Amsterdam


+31 (0)20 6141973
+31 (0)6273 15741
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