Artist Profiles: Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist. Gifted with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyruz and the Lebanese diva Fairuz. Her style is lyrical, with powerful rock, North African and trip hop influences.

Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 performing at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer.

Her song “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free) was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has a charismatic presence and a voice that invokes revolution and freedom.

Discography:

Kelmti Horra (World Village, 2012)
Ensen (2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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