CD Yasmine Hamdan: Al Jamilat (2017 Album)
Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan's personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she's enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duet she had founded in Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East).
While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
Her unique vision is fully realised in her second solo album "Al Jamilat" ("The Beautiful Ones"), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith and Leo Abrahams, and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
Album Release: 2017