Emel Mathlouthi on stage Oct. 4

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Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Compelling songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who brings a powerful new sound to Tunisian music, Emel Mathlouthi performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. PRESS IS SAYING:

Mathlouthi first began writing songs as a student. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities and the apathy of her classmates and family, she began writing political songs like “Ya Tounes Ya Meskina” (“Poor Tunisia”). In 2008 she moved to Paris when the Tunisian government banned her songs from radio and TV. Her first album, “Kelmti Horra,” influenced by Joan Baez, was released in January 2012. Mathlouthi has given concerts in Egypt, Iraq, France and Canada.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/HawCC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, and are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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