Global Fridays: Yasmine Hamdan live in concert @ DIA

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit


Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan's personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she's enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duet she had founded in Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East).

While Hamdan's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.

Her unique vision is fully realised in her second solo album Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith and Leo Abrahams, and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, Yasmine Hamdan will be at AANM for a screening of Only Lovers Left Alive, director Jim Jarmusch's 2013 mediation on art, science, memory and love. Hamdan is in the film and is a featured guest in a talkback immediately following the film. FREE w/ RSVP; click HERE for more info. 

Presented with support from Comerica, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Nissan and CJAM 99.1-FM.
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