For the lovers of electronic music, we give you the Queen of Arabic Electronica Yasmine Hamdan. The pioneer of best electronic music in the Arab World is our guest for today in this small interview straight from Paris!
Yasmine (YAS-Arabology) was for a long time part of Beirut’s vibrant underground alternative electro-pop music scene. With Zeidd Hamdan in SoapKills, the duo created some of the most avant-garde trip-hop pieces to ever come out of the Middle East. Their legend was further established after they had released the psychedelic trash-Goth music video masterpiece ‘Lost’ (shortly followed by ‘Violence’). The song captured the soul of the mysterious Orient along with its melancholic nature, and placed it in a contemporary grunge package. Their tracks gradually made it around the world, and were often used in movie soundtracks, as background music for documentaries and even in TV programs and reports, in addition to being sampled by the trendiest European pubs and lounges that needed an exotic touch. Exotic, Yasmine is. But don’t you dare describe her work as exotic World Music if you wish to live and see another day!
Yasmine later fine-tuned her style in Arabology, a collaboration with Mirwais Ahmadzai under the group name YAS (See YAS Mirwais Yasmine). Arabology was the first international Electro project to place the Arabic language at the centre of pop culture (Or so it was marketed anyway). One of the dance tracks on it, Get It Right, even managed to give the world a fun lesson on how to count in Arabic numbers! Wahad, tnein, tleteh, arb3a ;)
Yasmine is a very beautiful woman, but that is not the only thing that makes her sexy. Her witty lyrics are often very sensual and provocative...she even sang in French 'Les Preservatifs Sont Trop Chers', which translates into Condoms Are Too Expensive! Or how about her 'There is an Italian in my dress', or the part where she tells her lover she needs a break from sex because she is tired and urges him to make her breakfast instead? Honestly how can one not appreciate such a free spirited genius!?
We had the pleasure of interviewing the Queen of Arabic Electronica herself and we would now like to share with you our little talk.
This Article was prepared by Edmond Bouclaous for Fanoos.com
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