Magazine article New Internationalist

Ensen

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ensen

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Ensen

by Emel (Partisan Records PTKF 2133, CD and digital)

The Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi first sprang to prominence on the international stage soon after 2011's Jasmine revolution, when her protest songs - especially 'Kelmti Horra' ('My Word Is Free') - were enthusiastically adopted as anthems by the crowds demanding change. However, by 2011 Emel was already in France as songs such as 'Ya Tounes Ta Meskina' ('Poor Tunisia') had earned her considerable - and unwanted - attention.

Ensen ('Human' in Arabic) is Emel's second album after the crowd-pleasing Kelmti Horra. Recorded in numerous countries, it's an album that makes clear that Emel is still taking risks, though the leaps of daring here are perhaps more musically orientated.

Flowing between two different soundworlds, Ensen captures the best of both. …

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