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LAAF presents: Emel Mathlouthi on Saturday 7th July 2018
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presents Emel Mathlouthi - Tunisian singer-songwriter and producer who rose to global acclaim after her 2007 recording 'Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)' became the viral anthem of the Arab Spring, earning her the title 'voice of the Tunisian revolution' and eventually an invitation to perform at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
Her powerful, heartfelt music defies genre, melding electronica and Tunisian textures into her unique cinematic universe. Bearing out influences from the East and West, Emel’s compositions realize an epic, gorgeously ornamented vision and are as well-known in her home region as they are acclaimed around the world.
For her sophomore album, 'Ensen' (out now via Partisan Records), Emel distilled her blend of acoustic and electronic sounds into a style wholly her own, drawing together sparkling Tunisian instruments such as gumbri (bass lute), zukra (flute) and bendirs (frame drums) with heavy kick drums and atmospheric melodies. Earlier this month, Emel released a rework album called 'Ensenity,' a groundbreaking collaboration with producers around the world.
Emel's music and message have motivated many to express themselves, and she fights particularly hard to be a pillar of strength for women worldwide. As the composer and co-producer of all of her releases, she stands in opposition to the perception that behind every woman singer is a man pulling the strings. Emel is also a leading voice on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts. She speaks out boldly and frequently on the need to see all artists as artists first, rather than political symbols.
Minimum age: 14 years old. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and leave the venue once live music has finished.
Photo credit: Julien Bourgeois
Music Genres: Alternative, Electronic, Indie, Pop, World Music
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