Sunday June 30, 2013
Emel Mathluthi | Al Balad Music Festival

Born in Tunisia, Emel is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer bringing amazing new sounds to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz, with a captivating lyrical style, using powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences.

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. In her early years she was tempted by rock music, intrigued by pink Floyd, Dylan, and Joan Baez, even though at home she was brought up on classical, Jazz, and Sheikh Imam. She didn’t sing in Arabic until in 2005 she decided to put Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry to music and then she went on to write her own lyrics. She moved to France to pursue her career as a singer in 2007. Mathluthi’s “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free), in 2012 was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. Premiering in Jordan, she will present her Arabic repertoire in full for the first time.

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