The Budapest Spring Festival and the A38 present - Yasmine Hamdan (FR/RL), Antonia Vai solo projekt

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)

Poetic soul. Dramatic folk. Melodic bitch slaps.

Antonia Vai is a Swedish/Hungarian singer-songwriter and musician. Born and raised in Stockholm, she moved to Budapest in 2013, to try her luck on the Hungarian music scene.

Antonia has been playing instruments and writing songs since her early childhood. As a teenager, she started recording and producing her songs alone in her bedroom. After living a year in London, and moving around in Europe, she finally released two self-produced albums at the same time, “Lovers and Prophets“ and  “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat“, in September 2012.

After moving to Budapest in 2013, Antonia recorded the album “Stories After Bedtime” in the Szimpla ruinpub, together with Swedish guitarist/producer Felix Gröndahl, percussionist Adam Gilinger, trumpet player Krisztian Muhari and bass player Adam Zdosek. The first single from the album was “The Pirate’s Waltz” and the full album was released in September 2014, on A38, Budapest.

This was the start of ‘Antonia Vai Band’, and since then they have attracted a big audience on the underground music scene in Hungary. The band toured the country with alternative rock band Quimby, played at MR2 Akusztik, did a song with Sena (Irie Maffia) for Balcony TV and had a sold-out show at MÜPA, Palace of Arts, in June 2015.

The current band has gone from acoustic into a full-on setting. Electric guitars, drumset, keyboard, trumpet. Band consists of Kurgyis Attila (guitar), Adam Zdosek (bass), Miklos Kovacs (drums), Krisztian Muhari (trumpet). In 2015 they released “Remember How” together with Saiid from Akkezdet Phiai.

In February 2016 they released the EP, ‘Tightrope’.

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