Sunday, April 18th
NEW SOUND OF
@ 20h Portugal / Tunisia
(online via zoom for max 35 people)
As a little girl Badiâa discovered the big secret: her voice had that magic capable of moving people's hearts.
This empowering self-realisation made it clear for Badiâa that music was her path.
Already at seven she became the soloist in a choir that performed muwashshahat and malouf - the two classical Arabic styles of sung poetry popular in her native Tunisia that the Andalusian muslims fleeing persecution from Christians brought with them to their new home in North Africa in the thirteenth century.
Yet her true roots were somewhere else.
In her late twenties Badiâa arrived at a moment of a deep cultural introspection and started exploring her Amazigh family roots, Amazigh being a self-name of the Berbers, the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa, whose language used to be forbidden in Tunisia in the name of national unity. The deconstruction of her personal linguistic and cultural heritage allowed her to conclude that there was more Mali and Congo in her rhythm than Palestine, opening a new perspective on the language she uses to sing - fuṣḥá, the modern standard Arabic, in which she started noticing the many Amazigh words of her ancestors.
The glue amalgamating these two large musical traditions she carries within her is her voracious curiosity for hard rock, jazz, funk, neo-soul, electronica, and reggae. It was in Paris, where she studied musicology, when she started collecting the puzzle of influences into her own unique style, that has been defined as underground, alternative and avant-garde – until a better epithet found itself: miltazema. In Arabic it means 'committed’, as her lyrics are always a statement against oppression, social injustice, conservatism and colonialism, which she lived first hand when her brother, a rapper, was imprisoned for six years and her own concerts banned for the subversive texts they both write.
Badiâa confesses that whatever she creates is but a draft, and that music and meaning only come together when performed. This is exactly our plan for this Sunday.
How do I see the concert?
Once you have made your donation, we’ll send you an online ticket with a secret code to our invisible private room in Zoom, for which we have a professional account for maximum quality. We do NOT RECORD the concerts and keep our virtual room intimate and cosy, limiting the participation to 35 people.
Will I have a good sound?
We make sure that the artists have the fastest internet connection possible and are properly geared. We run numerous soundchecks prior to the concert to make sure everything is tuned on the artist side! You can do your part: make sure your setup is as perfect as possible with our self-soundcheck guide.
How much should I donate?
We encourage you to make a donation on behalf of every person who participates in this online concert together with you.
We believe that 4 euros per person is fair, yet most guests usually contribute around 9 euros, so if you have the means and wish to support the artists and Invisible City further, we’d be grateful if your donation corresponds to what feels fairest to you.
You can also make a donation directly to the Invisible City account (for example, from your Revolut app or similar):
Account name: Invisible City MTÜ
IBAN: EE88 7700 7710 0336 8942
(When you make a transfer, please mention your email so that we send you the ticket!)
How much does the artist actually get?
Even before the gig starts, Invisible City guarantees 100 euros to the artist. This is our investment into the performance which provides a safety net for the artist. We make sure it is never a lottery! These funds come from reinvesting the donations from the previous performances as well as from our private sponsors who support Invisible City directly (here is how you can become one).
What the campaign receives above the 100 euro mark, we share with the artist in equal parts. In this way, we provide a guaranteed income to the artist while staying sustainable and helping more artists run more wonderful gigs.
How do I pay in my currency?
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