intimate electro-Tunisian rock Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18 2016

From a media release:

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: