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Singer Yasmine Hamdan first became a popular figure in the Beirut scene and then the Arabic world thanks to her work in the duo Soapkills. From there she worked with the band CocoRosie, Mirwais (who worked on Madonna’s Music), and now with Marc Collin of Nouvelle Vague. Not surprisingly, the music here has Collin’s fingerprints all over it, blending dark electronic beats, acoustic guitar, and downtempo keyboard textures. Yet Hamdan herself is what separates this from the pack, drawing on the work of such 20th-century Arabic singers as Aisha El Marta, Nagat El Saghira, and others. Like the music, her sensual vocals tend toward subtlety even if she’s singing about various Arabic societal issues in different Arabic dialects. Highlights here include the stately synth ballad “Aleb,” the simmering “Deny,” and “Samar,” with vocals that switch between Middle East melodies and poppy Western ones. After all of Hamdan's work as a collaborator, her debut as a solo artist was a long time in coming, and it's a welcome one.

Customer Reviews

Ya Nice!

Elegant, demure vocals over a satisfying synth background. Reminds me a bit of French house music. Not a bad song on the album!

Love Her Voice !

What a wonderful Discovery I love her voice as well as her expressiveness classic

Ok I'm in

Stunning mix of textures and tones! I only wish I understood what she was saying. Guess I will have to learn some Arabic .


Born: 1976 in Beirut, Lebanon

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Yasmine Hamdan is a pioneer in Middle Eastern pop music; she was the leader of Soap Kills, generally cited as the first indie/electronic act to rise to fame in that part of the world, and went on to gain an international audience as a musician, songwriter, and actress. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1976, Yasmine's career in music began in the mid-'90s with a rock band called Lombrix, which also featured multi-instrumentalist Zeid Hamdan (despite sharing the same last name, they're not related). In 1997,...
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