Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Sydney Festival

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Performance Dates & Times

Friday 19 January, 2018
8:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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Tunisia/Iraq

Hear two very different voices of the dispossessed express their hopes and fears for their Middle Eastern homelands.

Emel Mathlouthi is a superstar in Tunisia, combining her background in traditional Northern African music with minimalist electronic production, powerful vocals and protest lyrics. She may reject descriptors like “the voice of the Arab Spring,” but her music became a symbol of the revolution when a performance of Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) went viral and led to an invitation to perform at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Rahim AlHaj is one of the world’s most exquisite oud players. His 2017 album Letters From Iraq captured the pressures of life lived in a state of permanent warfare in a series of achingly beautiful pieces about young love and family. AlHaj is joined by cellist and Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Karim Wasfi.

A unique double bill featuring two acclaimed artists.

ARTISTS

Emel Mathlouthi
Rahim AlHaj
Karim Wasfi


Duration: approximately 2 hours, including an interval 

Ticket Info

Premium

Standard $69

A Reserve

Standard $59
Concession $53

B Reserve

Standard $49
Concession $44

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Performance Dates & Times

Friday 19 January, 2018
8:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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