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Interview: Emel Mathlouthi On Her First English Album & New Challenges

The artist gives OkayAfrica an exclusive interview on the process and thoughts behind Everywhere We Looked Was Burning.

Singer and songwriter Emel Mathlouthi is kicking off a world tour showcasing her latest album, Everywhere We Looked was Burning. Mathlouthi was born and raised in Tunisia where she developed a keen musical talent and cultivated her signature, haunting voice.

While she gained worldwide recognition for her song "Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)" when it became the impromptu anthem of the Arab Spring, prompting a performance at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, her new album shows a different versatility—it's almost completely written in English.

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Emel Mathlouthi, the 'Voice of the Tunisian Revolution,' On Political Art & Her New Album

An interview with Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi, who's releasing her second album, 'Ensen,' this week.

I met up with Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi at Chaiwali on the corner of 124th Street and Lenox, a few blocks from her adopted home in Harlem.

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Emel Mathlouthi: 10 Things I Love About Tunisia

Emel Mathlouthi, whose songs became anthems for the Tunisian revolution, tells us her favorite things about her home country.

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