Emel Mathlouthi

Voice of the Tunisian Revolution
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Lipinsky Auditorium

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Opening performance by the UNC Afropop Ensemble

Free ice cream from The Hop!


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"Mathlouthi's sound borrows from tradition and infuses it with forward-thinking electronica in a manner that excites the ears and the mind. It's her voice and her words, however, that excite the heart." -City Reveal, Iowa

Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who is bringing a powerful brand new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Adrian Thaws AKA Tricky). Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 on stage at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer. Her song “Kelmti Horra” (my word is free) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom.

Check out her performance at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Learn more about the 1 Million Stars to End Violence exhibit that will be in Lipinsky Hall lobby starting March 24th. The opening reception for this exhibit will be in Lipinsky Hall lobby starting a 6 p.m., before the Emel Mathlouthi concert at 7p.m. 

An exhibit of Emel Mathlouthi’s song lyrics in English and Arabic, as well as images from the Tunisian Revolution will also be on display in Lipinsky Hall lobby from March 15th – 24th.

UNC Asheville Students $6 | Area Students $8 | Campus Community $13 | General $20

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Master Class

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:00pm
Humanities Lecture Hall
free & open to the public

​Join Emel as she discusses her music, the music of Tunisia & the electronic music that has inspired her artistically. This master class includes several live musical performances with Emel and her band.


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