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Nine Female Artists From Egypt, Tunisia, And Libya Record 'Sawtuha'

Nine female artists from Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya record the 'Sawtuha' compilation, featuring production from Oddisee and the Knife's Olof Dreijer.


Earlier this month Egyptian songstress Maryam Saleh's Oddisee-produced "Nouh Al Hamam" landed a new Tunisian-based recording effort on our radar: the Sawtuha compilation of female artists from Libya, Tunisia and Egypt exercising their rights to freedom of expression. The full album, which along with Sudanese-American hip-hop scholar Oddisee features the production hand of Olof Dreijer (one half of the Knife) and remixes from french producer Blackjoy and Austrian beatsmith Brenk, takes the listener on a journey through French pop, Arabic infused hip-hop and accordion-heavy production.

On the Oddisee-produced languid ballad "Figurine," Nawel Ben Kraiem's vocals nod towards classical French influences (she sounds like a cross between Edith Piaf and Barbara), and yet they're layered with enrapturing Tunisian melodies. Olof Dreijer's distorted beats and pitched-down vocals provide a backdrop Medusa's flow on the head-nodding "Naheb N3ch Hayati" (a force in the Tunis hip-hop scene, we hear Medusa is a name to look out for). A protest against "corruption, despotism, patronization and narrow-mindedness, Sawtuha is purposeful fresh air. Stream the full compilation below, out now on Jakarta Records.

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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