Yasmine Hamdan

Yasmine Hamdan:​ Yasmine Hamdan will be presenting material from her second solo album 'Al Jamilat' in which she continues to explore a personal modern take on Arabic pop music, as well as looking at the mutations at work within the Arab world. Whilst 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. Jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barât), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, the new album reflects on a voyage during which she collects and merges sounds and ideas, interacts along the way with a variety of people, nurtures her reflections and finally by enriching the sociopolitical awareness which always runs through her lyrics. Taking place on 15 May, 2017 at Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL​.