Emel is a Harlem-based Tunisian singer-songwriter best known for her protest song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free"), which became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab spring. She is passionate about human rights, revolution, and experimental music.
Traveling between experimental, electronic, North-African, Arabic, or cinematic music Emel Mathlouthi delivers a sound that’s as sensitive and non-conformist as herself, far from clichés and easy categories.
After she translated the energy of Tunisian uprisings in sound and collaborated with artists such as Valgeir Sigurdsson and Tricky, Emel Mathlouthi has established herself as an un-missable reference of the new Arabic music scene.
And as she continues to push her art forward, fed with multiple influences and gifted with an astonishing voice, she is also one of the most creative avant-gardists of today’s international scene.