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Emel Mathlouthi: Album Release Concert


Emel Mathlouthi: Album Release Concert

Date: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 08:30PM
Price: $25, $22.50 Friends, $18.75 students and seniors

Enjoy the otherworldly melodies of Emel Mathlouthi in this special performance, celebrating the release of her third full-length album, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning. Balancing eloquent songcraft, sparse instrumentation, homemade synths, and the voices of the woods, wind, sea, and flames, Mathlouthi aligns nature and music on this evocative new record.


Now based in New York, the Tunisian singer has been called the “voice of the Tunisian revolution” after her song, “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” went viral. Pitchfork magazine said, “The world needs Emel Mathlouthi’s anthems against the dictatorship machine,” and NPR christened her, “The 21st century’s catalyst for change.”

We open the evening with a set from Hassan El Hadi (vocals and oud), followed by a set from the Al Qahwa Ensemble (vocals, percussion, oud, saxophone, ney, daf).


Presented in collaboration with Collective Concerts and the Canadian Arab Institute, this show is part of our 2019/20 Performing Arts season, Listening to Each Other, which pays tribute to the role of the performative arts in connecting communities, preserving culture, and spurring social change.


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Ahmed Ag Kaedy

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Presented in collaboration with

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With support from

Ontario Arts Council


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