The first time that Emel Mathlouthi made her voice heard was during the Arab Spring in January 2011, when she sang Dhalem (Tyrant). “You tyrant, kill me, I will write songs, hurt me, I will tell stories,” sang this daughter of a university professor. Mathlouthi covers Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen songs, and those of revolutionary Egyptian singer Sheikh Imam, who was imprisoned when Nasser and then Sadat were president. She also plays songs by the Lebanese oud player, Marcel Khalife, famous for setting the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish to music. In 2012, she released her first album. She played the title track of Kelmti Horra (Freedom of Speech) during the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, which was […]
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