In the wake of the Paris attacks there has been increased hatred of immigrants worldwide. FEMMUSIC, as part of this special focus on music post Paris, looks at many artists from the Middle East. We did not select these artists based upon their religion or region. They have come to our attention over the years. Instead of stereotyping one people to be all people, we give you a selection of artists whose music transcends politics and wars.
Emel – Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian artist who song Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) was a part of the Arab Spring. She is due to have an album out on Partisan Records in 2017. https://www.facebook.com/E.Mathlouthi
Gaida – This Syrian artist has performed with Gillian Welsh and is now part of the NYC music scene. Her album Levantine Indulgence came out in 2010. http://www.gaidamusic.com/
Portrait Avenue – This band participated in Egypt’s Got Talent Battle of the Bands, and won. They have been around since 2008 and are based in Cairo. They released Rainbow Escalator this year. https://www.facebook.com/PortraitAvenueBand/
Shlomit & Rebbesoul – This band was originally pitched to us coming from Yemen. They incorporate traditional Jewish songs with different beats. Their album is The Seal of Solomon. http://www.shlomit-rebbesoul.com/
Yasmine Hamdan – She is a Lebanese singer-songwriter now living in Paris. She appeared to some Western audiences in the film Only Lovers Left Alive. She incorporates electronic elements into her music. She released Ya Nass in 2013. http://yasminehamdan.com/en/
FEMMUSIC would also like to spotlight Afghan Songs on Soundcloud which features some of the best music coming from Afghanistan. https://soundcloud.com/mp3afghan