Budapest Spring Festival

BSF and the A38 present - Yasmine Hamdan (FR/RL), Antonia Vai solo projekt

BSF and the A38 present

The iconic diva of Middle-East sounds, the Lebanese-born Yasmine Hamdan returns to Budapest ti give a great concert aboard the A38 Ship. The muse of Jim Jarmush, the ex singer of the Soap Kills band will present songs of her new album, while her support act will be Antonia Vai.

Yasmine Hamdan (FR/RL)

Yasmine Hamdan was born in Lebanon, and has lived in the Gulf countries and in Greece. She is considered as an undergound icon throughout the Arab world ever since Soapkills, the emblematic duo she founded in Beirut, which must have been the first indie/electronic band to appear in the Middle East, and whose music had become the soundtrack to the vibrant, young arts scene which developed in postwar Lebanon.

After moving to Paris, Yasmine wrote and recorded the "Arabology" album with musician/producer Mirwais (of Madonna fame), under the Y.A.S. moniker, and also collaborated with CocoRosie for a while.

Yasmine Hamdan then joined forces with Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague) to write and produce her first solo album (for Kwaidan Records), which came out internationally (in a revised version with five new tracks) in 2013 on Crammed Discs, under the title Ya Nass. The latest solo album, Al Jamilat, will be released on March 2017 on Crammed Discs and is produced by Yasmine.


Antonia Vai (S/HU)

Antonia Vai, the exotic-looking, Swedish-Hungarian diva, who mixes soul with folk and a modicum of pop, releases a new album this autumn, the first single of which is Warrior Soul that came out in Spring with a video shot in Morocco. The versatile singer writes her own songs, and Warrior Soul gives voice to her inner nomad.

“Whenever I feel I can’t find my place, the end of something is drawing near, I need to set out. The road is my home, I have a dreamy nomad living in me, who won’t let me be. These were the cir-cumstances under which the new song was born, I wrote in on the road, for the road. I carried it around with me across three countries before it was finished: I recorded the introduction in Moroc-co, with a local flamenco guitarist, the rest in Budapest and Stockholm.”

The song focuses on finding and awakening the original inner force that helps us to stand up and go on after a hard time.

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