March 24, 2018
Saturday, 8 PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
1000 5th Ave, Manhattan
Presented in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pre-performance Q&A at 7 PM with the artists
World Music Institute in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Women's Voices, a concert featuring three of today's finest young female singers hailing from their Muslim-majority homelands. At a time of uncertainty, these NYC-based singers are powerful voices for unity through their inspiring music.
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 & The Nubatones
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.
The Tunisian protest musician, who came to fame during the Arab Spring, is reclaiming her identity by pairing traditional beats with modern electronica." - The Guardian (about Emel Mathlouthi)
Alsarah and the Nubatones blend classic Afropop and subtle electronic sounds to write a bold, beautiful new page in contemporary African music." - PopMatters
Siraj possesses a strong, flexible voice perfect for negotiating the quarter-tones of both traditional and contemporary Arab music..." - The Village Voice
This concert is part of our Global Local Series.