Global Fridays: Yasmine Hamdan live in concert @ DIA

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

*PLEASE NOTE that RSVP does not guarantee a seat, but rather indicates the level of interest in this program for our planning purposes. Seating is first come, first served. We expect this program to be very popular, with all seats and standing room taken. Once Rivera Court is filled to capacity, staff will direct visitors to an overflow space in Great Hall with a video feed of the performance.*


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 New York 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 meditation on art, science, memory and love. Hamdan appears memorably in the film and is a featured guest in a talkback immediately following the film. FREE w/ RSVP; click HERE for more info. 

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