Feb
24


Emel Unplugged from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi’s set took an unexpected turn at GlobalFEST. Webster Hall’s Studio room was packed. Described in the program as “Electro-inspired voice of Tunisia’s Arab Spring” she was accompanied by synths and drums and as such she was delivering a solid show, and keeping the audience of presenters and other music biz types swaying and clapping. I was having a tough time shooting in the crowded room, and after the 5th person bumped into me and ruined the shot, I got ticked off enough to rudely elbow my way into the front of the room. And that’s when it happened. The PA imploded. And that’s how I caught Emel’s most engaging song of the set; one in which her warmth and humor really shone. My thanks to Michael Jones for taking my camcorder sound and making it listenable.



4 Responses to “Emel Mathlouthi unplugged at GlobalFEST”

 
  1. Axel Porsch says:

    Berlin 7:29 am))) Hi Michal, I just visited your website, this song made my day! Wonderful! Later today I will research to find your clips from Uzbeskistan. Uffa, appr. 2 years ago, times changed there but the friendly people there remain in my thoughts. I have actually a guest from Tashkent here in Berlin.

    Have a great day! Axel

  2. […] I had heard great things about Sam Lee’s performance at WOMEX 2012. (I missed it for reasons to boring to go into.) So I was determined to catch his set at GlobalFEST. He went on right after the PA crashed during Emel Mathlouthi’s set (to see how she dealt with that, go here.) […]

  3. […] I had heard great things about Sam Lee's performance at WOMEX 2012. (I missed it for reasons to boring to go into.) So I was determined to catch his set at GlobalFEST. He went on right after the PA crashed during Emel Mathlouthi's set (to see how she dealt with that, go here.) […]

  4. […] I had heard great things about Sam Lee’s performance at WOMEX 2012. (I missed it for reasons to boring to go into.) So I was determined to catch his set at GlobalFEST. He went on right after the PA crashed during Emel Mathlouthi’s set (to see how she dealt with that, go here.) […]

 

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