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.
Influential Tunisian vocalist Emel Mathlouthi is set to perform February 24th, 2017 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Emel Mathlouthi is well-known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring.
Born in Tunis, she was avoided by her country’s official radio stations but gained popularity through social media. She released her acclaimed first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) in 2012. Emel’s style is characterized by her commanding vocals along with a fusion of North African rhythms and modern electronic beats.
Her new album, Ensen, is scheduled for release February 24, 2017.
425 Lafayette St, New York
Doors at 9:00 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.
Your Connection to traditional and contemporary World Music including folk, roots and various types of global fusion