Partisan Records is excited to announce the signing of Emel Mathlouthi (Emel) and the release of her forthcoming sophomore album, Ensen, coming out February 24, 2017.
Emel rose to prominence after her 2007 recording “Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)” became a viral anthem during the Arab Spring, earning her the title “voice of the Tunisian revolution” and eventually an invitation to perform at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Her powerful, heartfelt music defies genres, melding together electronica, Tunisian textures and a cinematic universe. Combining the political and the personal, Emel expresses not just her feelings but those of so many people. “It is important to me to try to give voice to the silenced. I also believe, though, that art is its own message, that especially when you come from a repressive place, or an ignored place, the simple act of saying, ‘Hey, I’m here,’ is important – the art of presence and insistence.”
Emel‘s music has motivated many to express themselves, and she fights particularly hard to be a pillar of strength for women worldwide. “Everyone assumes there is a man directing or ‘pulling the strings’ behind a female artist” she says. “It is unbelievable the macho attitudes I’ve had to overcome to make this album. I hope people see Ensen as a reminder that women create every day and a testament to the strength it can take to do so.”