Safri Duo

Safri Duo

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Uffe Savery (born April 5, 1966) & Morten Friis (born August 21, 1968) met in 1977 at the Tivoli Garden Boys' Guard in Copenhagen, Denmark.
They later formed a classic ensamble/percussion duo, while attending the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and released 6 albums throughout the 1990s, until they were discovered by producer & DJ Michael Parsberg in 2000.
This resulted in the track "Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)" which became the most popular song in Europe that year. The mix of classical elements fused with trance, tribal and pop resulted in major mainstream success and two more albums the following three years.

The 2008 album "Origins" saw the duo returning to their classical roots, inspired by world music and artists such as Mike Oldfield.

Safri Duo have worked with prominent names such as Michael McDonald (featured on the track "Sweet Freedom") and Youssou N'Dour (three tracks on the "Origins" album). They performed live with Aqua at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen and Jean-Michel Jarre at his AERO concert in Denmark, September 7, 2002.
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Safri Duo Discography

Albums

CHAN 9330 Safri Duo Works For Percussion(CD, Album) Chandos CHAN 9330 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CHAN 9339 Safri Duo, Bach* Safri Duo, Bach* - English & French Suites (Percussion Transcriptions)(CD, Album) Chandos CHAN 9339 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
CHAN 9398 Safri Duo With The Slovak Piano Duo, Lutoslawski*, Bartók*, Helweg* Safri Duo With The Slovak Piano Duo, Lutoslawski*, Bartók*, Helweg* - Paganini Variations / Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion / American Fantasy(CD, Album) Chandos CHAN 9398 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Chan 9482 Safri Duo Goldrush: Works Of Percussion(CD, Album) Chandos Chan 9482 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
013 746-2 Safri Duo Episode II (Album) Universal 013 746-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
UN122 Safri Duo Episode II - The Remix Edition (Album, EP) Universal UN122 Portugal 2002 Sell This Version
986563-7 Safri Duo 3.0 (Album) Universal 986563-7 Poland 2003 Sell This Version
602498674994 Safri Duo 3.5(2xCD, Album) Universal 602498674994 Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
chan 6651 Safri Duo Goldrush: Works For Percussion(CD, Album) Chandos Collect chan 6651 UK 2006 Sell This Version
UNI 178 584 4 Safri Duo Origins(CD, Album) Universal Music Group UNI 178 584 4 Europe 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

0121585422 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Maxi, Single) Universal 0121585422 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
0601215638318 Safri Duo Samb-Adagio (Maxi, Single) Universal 0601215638318 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
542510, UN122 Safri Duo Baya-Baya (Maxi, Single) Universal 542510, UN122 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
AS 5001133 Safri Duo / Christina Milian Safri Duo / Christina Milian - Baya Baya / Am To Pm(7", Promo) Universal AS 5001133 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
none Barthezz Vs. Safri Duo Barthezz Vs. Safri Duo - On The Move(12", Promo, W/Lbl) UK Whitelabel none UK 2001 Sell This Version
015 627-1 Safri Duo E.P.(12", EP, Ltd) Universal, Polydor 015 627-1 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
none Safri Duo Sweet Freedom (Maxi, Single) Universal none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Safri Duo All The People In The World (Single, Maxi) Universal none 2003 Sell This Version
VLMX 1449-3 Safri Duo Fallin' High (Maxi, Single) Universal VLMX 1449-3 Spain 2003 Sell This Version
none Safri Duo Rise (Leave Me Alone) (Single, Maxi) Universal none Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
KNOCK01 Safri Duo feat. Clark Anderson Safri Duo feat. Clark Anderson - Knock On Wood(CD, Single, Promo) Universal KNOCK01 Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
none Safri Duo Ritmo De La Noche(CDr, Single, Promo, Car) Universal none Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
996 686-8 Landsholdet Fea. Safri Duo, B-Boys, Birthe Kjær Landsholdet Fea. Safri Duo, B-Boys, Birthe Kjær - Hvor' Vi Fra?(CD, Maxi) Universal 996 686-8 Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
none Safri Duo Twilight (CDr, Single, Promo) Universal Music Group none Denmark 2008 Sell This Version
none Velile* & Safri Duo Velile* & Safri Duo - Helele (Single) Polydor none Germany 2010 Sell This Version

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MiXCHure

MiXCHure

October 21, 2003
The Safri Duo is really awesome. They've got a great producer behind them, and they are awesome percussionists. They originally made percussion arrangements for classical music, but then they started to do dance music. They cover a lot of different styles including dance, tribal, as well as classical. With their new album "3.0," some of their tracks are also taking an urban vibe, as well as with some house and disco sounds.

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