Emel rose to prominence after her 2007 recording "Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)" became a viral anthem during the Arab Spring, earning her the title "voice of the Tunisian revolution" and eventually an invitation to perform at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Her powerful, heartfelt music defies genres, melding together electronica, Tunisian textures and a cinematic universe. Combining the political and the personal, Emel expresses not just her feelings but those of so many people. "It is important to me to try to give voice to the silenced. I also believe, though, that art is its own message, that especially when you come from a repressive place, or an ignored place, the simple act of saying, 'Hey, I'm here,' is important - the art of presence and insistence." Emel's music has motivated many to express themselves, and she fights particularly hard to be a pillar of strength for women worldwide. Blessed with an exceptionally wide vocal range and expressive voice, Emel's impassioned live performances go far beyond the sounds on the album. Her third album Everywhere We Looked What Burning, which will be released in September 2019, is her most experimental project so far.
Emel Mathlouthi - vocals
Pier Salami - keyboards
Shawn Crowder - drums
Maya Postepski - keyboards & percussions