Emel Mathlouthi


Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30pm

"A self-assured, outward-looking and profoundly individual debut... Mathlouthi's voice has sharp stillness, her vocals inventive " - Songlines, Top of the World


Emel Mathlouthi is a compelling songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who brings a powerful new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva, Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Tricky).
Her song “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. Emel possesses immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom.


To purchase tickets to see Emel Mathlouthi live at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, follow our purchase tickets link to the right. Single tickets for this performance will go on sale September 9, 2014.

  • $25 General
  • $20 Discount
  • $12 Children 17 & under & UHH/HCC Students with valid ID