Nine female artists from Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya record the 'Sawtuha' compilation, featuring production from Oddisee and the Knife's Olof Dreijer.
<p>Earlier this month Egyptian songstress <strong>Maryam Saleh</strong>'s <strong>Oddisee</strong>-produced "<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2014/01/06/oddisee-sawtuha-maryam-saleh-nouh-al-hamam/" target="_blank">Nouh Al Hamam</a>" landed a new Tunisian-based recording effort on our radar: the <em><strong><a href="http://jakartarecords-label.bandcamp.com/album/sawtuha" target="_blank">Sawtuha</a></strong></em> 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<em> </em><strong>Olof Dreijer</strong> (one half of <strong>the Knife</strong>) and remixes from french producer <strong><a href="http://www.blackjoyelectronics.com/" target="_blank">Blackjoy</a></strong> and Austrian beatsmith <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrrrenkSinatra?fref=ts" target="_blank">Brenk</a></strong><em>, </em>takes the listener on a journey through French pop, Arabic infused hip-hop and accordion-heavy production.</p><p>On the Oddisee-produced languid ballad "Figurine," <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/nawelbenkraiem" target="_blank">Nawel Ben Kraiem</a></strong>'s vocals nod towards classical French influences (she sounds like a cross between <strong>Edith Piaf</strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUE80DTNxK4" target="_blank">Barbara</a></strong>), and yet they're layered with enrapturing Tunisian melodies. Olof Dreijer's distorted beats and pitched-down vocals provide a backdrop <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Medusa.Boutheina" target="_blank">Medusa</a></strong>'s flow on the head-nodding "Naheb N3ch Hayati" (a force in the Tunis hip-hop scene, <a href="http://da-what.com/2013/04/30/medusa-lay-down-ft-mc-lyte-song/" target="_blank">we hear</a> Medusa is a name to look out for). A protest against "corruption, despotism, patronization and narrow-mindedness, <em>Sawtuha</em> is purposeful fresh air. Stream the full compilation below, out now on <strong><a href="http://www.jakarta-records.de/" target="_blank">Jakarta Records</a></strong>.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><iframe height="240" seamless="" src="http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3571691825/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=7137dc/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; width: 400px; height: 472px;" width="320"></iframe></p>
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