It’s hard to find the right words to describe this woman’s oeuvre. Yasmine Hamdan is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress - but these labels don’t do this icon of Arab underground music any justice.
In her time she has lived in over 12 countries and developed the unique skill of artfully blending Arab folk music with Western pop. Maybe this unusual musical symbiosis is what led to her first band Soapkills being described as „the first indie-band of the Middle East“. And despite maintaining her signature style through the years and weaving traditional elements into her songs, Yasmines work for widely popular movies like „Only
Lovers Left Alive“ show her global appeal. This is because she possesses the unusual gift of transforming foreign lyrics into a universal language.
But still, all these words fail to convey the ecstatic feeling of standing in the first row at one of Yasmine Hamadans concerts.
Her new album „Al Jamilat“ was recorded at the Sonic Youth studio in New York and in May, Yasmine will be performing it in several German cities.