Look Out Philly! Singer Emel Is Coming To World Cafe Live This Week
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, please open your arms and envelope the talents of Emel Mathlouthi. Better known by her first name, this Tunisian singer-songwriter has capitalized on her international success, and is now bringing her prowess to the U.S. in her first show in one of America’s founding states.
Emel will headline her own multi-city tour for 11 dates, starting on May 3 in Washington, D.C. at the infamous DC9. For those unfamiliar with the “Ya Tounes Ya Meskina” (“Poor Tunisia”) crooner, Emel got her start due to the lack of opportunities in her native land. After writing the fiery political track, “Ya Tounes Ya Meskina” and “Kelmti Horra” (“My Word is Free”) — both songs would go on to become anthems for the Tunisian revolution. These experiences of leading the people from the front lines enabled her to give groundbreaking concerts in Egypt, Iraq, Canada and Belgium.
Banned from Tunisian airwaves, but admired around the globe, Emel’s date in Philadelphia (May 4) at the World Cafe Live is of significance to us here @Okayplayer because it is where future stars such as Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott all made their names. With that said, cop tickets to see the revolutionary siren perform here + circle the date on your calendar to remember when Emel comes to a venue near you!
Listen to her “Ensen Dhaif” song below as well: