« Enthralling. » (The New York Times)
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Emel Mathlouthi is a favourite who not only lasts but grows before your very eyes. This is the second time she will be performing at Voix De Femmes. And if you were at the 2013 festival opening, you know. You’ll be in the front row this year and you’ll bring your friends because this kind of experience is one to share!
Discovered when her song ‘Kelmti Horra’ (‘My Word is Free’) became a popular anthem of the Arab Spring in 2011, she released her first album in 2012. Flabbergasted, the world met Emel Mathlouthi.
Emel Mathlouthi’s voice penetrates you and leaves you with goose bumps long after she’s stopped singing. But she’s also (especially?) a ‘musician of the world’ who develops and hones her audacious personal style, a musician who borrows freely from both Tunisian tradition and the latest electronic music.
Her second album, Ensen (February 2017), is a gem. It’s an album that transcends gender barriers and grabs us right in the guts.
Self-produced and recorded in 7 countries on 3 continents, the album was made in collaboration with many other producers, such as Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Björk) and Johannes Berglund (The Knife, Shout Out Louds, Ane Brun). Entitled Ensen Dhaif (‘Helpless Human’), the album combines gumbri (a three-string Tunisian lute used in Gnawa music), zukra (Tunisian flute), and bendirs (North-African drums) with a heavy bass drum for an unbelievably powerful sound. 3615 catharsis.
Lovers of music from all the corners of the globe, come. We’ll be feeling the music. That’s a promise.