World Music Institute
Muslim Women’s Voices
Emel Mathlouthi, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Farah Siraj
March 24 @ 7:00 pm
World Music Institute continues its Global/Local series with Muslim Women's Voices: Emel Mathlouthi, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Farah Siraj.
World Music Institute in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Muslim Women's Voices, a concert featuring three of today's finest young female singers hailing from their Muslim homelands. At a time of uncertainty, these NYC-based singers are powerful voices for unity through their inspiring music.
Pre-performance Q&A at 7 PM with the artists
When & where
Saturday March 24, 2018 @ 7pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue
WMI’s Global/Local initiative is dedicated to discovering and celebrating the international richness of the musicians and dancers living in the New York area. This series exposes these artists to wider audiences while celebrating the diversity of our city.
Presented in collaboration with the Metropolitan Music of Art
Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi presents her groundbreaking marriage of sounds steeped in Tunisian rhythms and electronic music. Known as the voice of the Tunisian revolution her song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and soon became an anthem for change throughout the region. Undeniably rooted in the melismatic Arabic and North African musical traditions, her music moves seamlessly between rock, trip-hop, and electronica.
Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. Fleeing civil war in Yemen where she had relocated to with her family to escape the ever-stifling regime in her native country, she moved to the US in 1994. Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop working on various projects including her current band Alsarah & the Nubatones.
Named Jordan's Musical Ambassadress, Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj performs original compositions, fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz and bossa nova, with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish and English. Farah's music often expresses the reality of war and raises awareness for the urgent need for peace.