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Mustafa Ismaeel is bringing his groovy fusion of house & cutting edge music to Asia

The sonic nomad continues to make his mark globally as he tours the region starting this week

  • Amira Waworuntu
  • 21 December 2023
Mustafa Ismaeel is bringing his groovy fusion of house & cutting edge music to Asia

Mustafa Ismaeel has left a lasting mark on worldwide landscapes thanks to his groovy and emotive soundscape, reflecting his multicultural background and nomadic lifestyle.

The Iraqi-Canadian DJ’s adaptability in different settings, crossing continents from North America to India, has earned him a strong global reputation.

Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Mustafa's adaptability in different settings has earned him a strong reputation globally. He's a regular at renowned events like Get Lost in Miami and Toronto’s Electric Island, showcasing his versatility and drawing the admiration of both music fans and fellow musicians.

Releasing tracks on labels like Rebellion/Crosstown Rebels, The Sound Garden, and Steyoyoke Recordings, Mustafa has gained support from heavyweights like Damian Lazarus (whom he frequently performs with), Guy Gerber, Pete Tong and Nick Warren.

This year, he hit us with the 'Groove You' EP, and the track 'Nothingness' with Enamour took Beatport by storm, claiming the #1 spot on the Organic House Chart.

With two impactful releases in the last two years on Crosstown Rebel/Rebellion and standout mixes on Damian Lazarus’ The Crosstown Mix Show 07 and John Digweed's Transitions Radio for its 988th edition, Mustafa's prominence in the scene becomes more and more established.

His summer gigs at Hï Ibiza and VOID Mykonos showcased his talent for commanding the crowd, further establishing him as one to watch when it comes to exciting performances. He’s also previously graced the line-ups of Burning Man, AfrikaBurn and Stereo Montreal.

The names he’s shared the stage with are surely worth noting, including the likes of Steve Lawler, DJ Tennis, Davi, Behrouz, Francesca Lombardo, Mihai Popoviciu, Archie Hamilton, Dennis Cruz, Art Department, and many more to come.

Mustafa Ismaeel's sonic journey goes beyond beats, transforming electronic music into a transcendent experience that captivates audiences worldwide. With each release and performance, he pushes the boundaries of sonic exploration, leaving an enduring mark in the electronic music scene and towards his fellow colleagues.

Mark your calendars as Mustafa Ismaeel tours the region with stops in Indonesia and India, with a first stop at the picturesque Morabito Art Villa; full details below.

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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