Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lebanese Underground: Yasmin Hamdan and "Hal"

Yasmine Hamdan, a Lebanese/French artist, brings today's random song for the day. Hal can be found on Hamdan's 2013 CD Ya Nass. She became well known as part of the duo Soap Kills, which was one of the first independent electronic bands in the Middle East, and it cemented her status as an underground music icon in the Arab world. Ya Nass is her first solo album. It blends pop, folk and electronic sounds with melodies and lyrics inspired by various Middle Eastern traditions. She also sings in a variety of Middle Eastern langugages. In this video she performs Hal in a cameo appearance in the Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.