Emel announces 2017 US tour dates, "a dynamic and politically conscious performer" (BBC)


"It's facile to compare Mathlouthi to some of the great singer-songwriters she counts as her heroes...[but] she is no wannabe...Mathlouthi is a singular voice." 

Tunisian protest artist, Emel Mathlouthi, creates expansive electronic music paired with traditional Tunisian instruments and rhythms. On the heels of her new release, Ensen, she will tour Europe in April and the US in MayWatch her performing "Lost" at this year's Wasla festival in Dubai to get a sense of her powerful live show:

In honor of International Women's Day, Emel spoke with the BBC for a piece "celebrating new musicians who are continuing the tradition of outspoken female singers in Arabic music." Emel will also take part in a 'Women of the World' (WOW) concert today honoring Joni Mitchell's album Hejira at London's Southbank Centre.

Emel rose to prominence after a video of her performing her song "Kemti Horra (My Word Is Free)" during a street protest went viral online and became the unofficial anthem of the Arab Spring. Earning her the title "voice of the Tunisian revolution," she was later asked to perform the song at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony for its significance during the uprising.

Ensen, produced in part by Valgeir Sigurosson (Sigur Ros, Feist, Bjork), is a cinematic, bold and unique combination of electronic beats and Middle Eastern rhythms.  It has made fans at Pitchfork, The Fader, The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, Nowness, WNYC and more.  Watch a recent live session with Paste Magazine to get a sense for what is in store.

3/08/2017 - London, UK - Southbank Centre
4/01/2017 - Bourgoin, FR - Les Abattoirs
4/05/2017 - Munich, DE - Club Ampere
4/06/2017 - Cologne, DE - CBE
4/07/2017 - Frankfurt, DE - Brotfabrik
4/08/2017 -  Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
4/14/2017 - Epinal, FR - La Sourie Verte
4/18/2017 - Paris, FR - Badaboom
4/21/2017 - Toulouse, FR - Festival Toucouleur
5/03/2017 - Washington, DC - DC9
5/04/2017 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
5/05/2017 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
5/06/2017 - New York, NY - (Le) Poisson Rouge
5/09/2017 - Evanston, IL - Evanston SPACE
5/10/2017 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
5/13/2017 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Meany Center
5/14/2017 - Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
5/15/2017 - Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre
5/16/2017 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
5/17/2017 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo