Emel Mathlouthi in New York

March 8, 2016 | By Francerocks

Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who is bringing an powerful brand new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Adrian Thaws AKA Tricky).

Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 on stage at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer. Her song “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom. 

She will play two upcoming shows in New York City:

3/15 @ Lycée Français – New York, NY
3/19 @ National Sawdust – Brooklyn, NY

About the National Sawdust show:
Emel Mathlouthi presents a collection of the most virulent ones among songs from her first album, Kelmti Horra, written during the dictatorship years in Tunisia, calling for hope and Revolution, freedom and faith in truth and popular power. These songs will be interpreted with the help of cellist and National Sawdust curator Jeffrey Zeigler, in a very unconventional and free way, accompanied with distorted percussion live samples played by a drummer.


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