Yussef Dayes

Yussef Dayes

credit: Justin de Nooijer

One of the UK’s most exciting, innovative young drummers and producers, Yussef Dayes is best known for work with his brothers in United Vibrations, and also as one half of electrifying duo Yussef Kamaal. Though largely considered a “jazz” drummer, his sound melds everything from 70s funk to Senegalese percussion to UK grime. The unifying factor is a fluid, vital energy.

Born and raised in South East London, Dayes received his first drum kit for his fourth birthday and grew up playing along to his jazz musician father’s vinyl collection. At aged ten, he studied under Billy Cobham (Miles Davies’ drummer) for two years, and considers this the most impactful thing in his progression.

He spent his adolescence gigging in afrobeat and rock-influenced jazz group, United Vibrations. His Yussef Kamaal collaboration in 2015 led to their critically acclaimed debut album, Black Focus, – now silver-certified, winning them Jazz FM Awards 2017, Best Breakthrough Act.

Following 2018’s ‘Love Is The Message’ - Yussef’s transcendental solo release - 2019 is set to be his busiest year yet, with a debut solo album in the pipeline as well as collaborative projects across the board.



Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Genre: Jazz
Subgenre: Alternative
From: London, UK-ENGLAND