Winrah Marah

Out October 25th, 2019

62 TV Records

Jawhar has created his own signature style of world-folk music that one could probably describe as midway between Arab chaâbi and Nick Drake’s dreamy folk lullabies. After « When Rainbows call, My Rainbows fly », hailed by the press as a « mindblowing debut album by a song-writing prodigy » (Les Inrockuptibles, FR), the Tunisian singer-songwriter re-explores his roots and mothertongue to let them sing once again, either on the both sensual and religious critically acclaimed album “Qibla Wa Qobla” (The Kiss and The Prayer Orientation – Octave de la Musique award winner 2014), or on the even more delicately forged upcoming follow-up “Winrah Marah”.

Inspired by « the withering Arab spring and other happy contemporary events » Winrah Marah is simultaneously more incisive and more colourful than its predecessor. The ten songs of the upcoming album are powered by a band which has gained in complicity and coherence. A hypnotic balance between châabi and finely chiseled folk-pop.

Jawhar grew up in the southern suburbs of Tunis. At the age of 20 he leaves for France to study English literature and theatre. Subsequently he writes his first songs and plays his first concerts. For the last couple of years he has been travelling between Belgium and the Tunisian capital, where he is committed not only as a musician, actor and playwright, but also as a citizen artist. A first rather controversial play about love and sex in the Arab world (Hobb Story by Lotfi Achour) found him tackling his mother tongue to reinvent the Tunisian love song. Ever since, he’s kept on digging the grooves that lead to his roots.