• CD release of Yasmine Hamdan "Ya Nass", (Crammed Discs) on wich I co-composed and played a few songs...

    (....) While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes a personal, unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes. They might be described as a kind of elegant, mutant strain of electro folk pop, mysteriously springing from somewhere in the Persian Gulf… with acoustic guitars, vintage synths, spellbinding atmospheres and Yasmine's multi-faceted, wonderful voice.

    One element which may be lost to our Western ears is Yasmine's playful use of various dialects of Arabic in her lyrics, which alternate between Lebanese, Kuwaiti, Palestinian, Egyptian and Bedouin, and use a lot of the code-switching and references so typical of Middle-Eastern humour.

    Alongside Yasmine Hamdan's voice and Marc Collin's keyboards & programming, "Ya Nass" is graced with some exquisite guitar work by Kevin Seddiki (who co-wrote three of the songs), and by former CocoRosie collaborator Gaël Rakotondrabe, who arranged and produced the song Enta Fen, Again.

    Yasmine Hamdan has started performing her new repertoire in concert, with a band which includes Marc Collin and two other musicians. They've recently played several shows in Cairo, where the enthusiastic crowd reception and the intrigued media reactions confirmed the uniqueness of Yasmine status in the region.

    Yasmine will appear in Jim Jarmusch's upcoming movie, she plays… herself, and is featured singing a song she wrote for the occasion ("Hal", which is featured in this album). Yasmine's tracks have repeatedly been used in films, sometimes with unexpected consequences: she met her husband, brilliant Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, after he used two Soapkills tracks in his award-winning movie "Divine Intervention"…



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