intimate electro-Tunisian rock
Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18, 2016
• Get tickets to the Riot Artists APAP Showcase
Tunisian vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi captivates with her intimate, lyrical style, fierce rock beats, and throbbing trip-hop and north African influences.
globalFEST '15 alumnus Mathlouthi tells the story of HER Tunisia: the dark years as a young rebel and dissenter; the strife of being a female musician; her artistic and ideological struggle after her songs were banned from the radio and TV; the dual love and suffering that came from longing for home while living in a free country.
Her music inspired Tunisia's Arab Spring revolution in 2011 and offers "resolve and passion," writes Jon Pareles. "Each song is a narrative, unfolding in multiple sections, moving between delicacy and fierce tenacity, mourning and defiance."
She stars in the 2014 release No Man's Land, a documentary about the female voice in Iran. She will release her upcoming Iceland-produced album this spring.
- Showtime 8:15 Jan. 18, Brooklyn Bowl. 61 Whyte Avenue, Brooklyn, NY | 718-963-3369
Also playing at the Riot Artists APAP Showcase:
7:30 Cambalache: A Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles, playing and promoting traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances.
9:00 Maarja Nuut: Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, creating a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.
9:45 DakhaBrakha: a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno chaos"' band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.
10:30 Battle of Santiago. Toronto-based instrumental ensemble comprises seemingly disparate musical elements, combining in Afro-Cuban Post-Rock,
Check out video of Emel Mathlouthi's performance last week at the 2015 Nobel Prize Ceremony: