Beirut & Beyond | Yasmine Hamdan
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Yasmine Hamdan


Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan first emerged onto the music scene with Soapkills, the pioneering indie electronic band she founded along with Zeid Hamdan in Beirut in the late ’90s. The band gradually acquired an emblematic status and, to this day, Yasmine is considered an underground icon throughout the Arab world. The duo released two rare EPs after forming in 1997 before their first album, Bater, in 2001. After two more albums, Cheftak (2002) and Enta Fen (2005), the group split, with Yasmine Hamdan relocating to France. Yasmine then teamed up with Madonna’s producer Mirwais, and under the Y.A.S. moniker, recorded the album Arabology, released in 2009 by Universal France. In 2012, Yasmine joined forces with Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin to produce her debut solo album, Ya Nass which received wide critical acclaim across Europe, North America and the Arab region. Her unique vision is fully realised in her latest album Al Jamilat, which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barât) and that was released by Brussels-based label Crammed Discs.