Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fighting Tyranny: Emel Mathlouthi and "Dhalem (Tyrant)"

Our random song today is by Emel Mathlouthi, a Tunisian singer-songwriter who penned and recorded two songs, Ya Tounes Ya Meskina and Kelmti Horra, that became anthems for the Tunisian Revolution. She began writing songs as a student, but became frustrated by the lack of opportunities and the political apathy of her classmates. Eventually she moved to Paris after the Tunisian government banned her songs from radio and television. However, bootleg copies of her performances in France circulated through Tunisia, and her songs had an impact on the 2010 uprising against the government. You can find this song, Dhalem (Tyrant) on her debut album, Kelmti Horra, released in 2012 to critical acclaim.