Souad Massi takes her musical roots from wide-ranging and diverse styles. Her tenth album draws on folk, country, rock, calypso, bossa, and sounds of the Middle East and the Algerian desert.
Massi began her career fronting the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, earning her a reputation as a troublemaker in an Algeria torn apart by civil war. After fleeing to Paris following a series of death threats, she performed at the 1999 Femmes d’Algérie to great acclaim, earning her first recording contract.
Support comes from Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum, whose poetic mix of dream pop, jazz and Middle Eastern soul tells bold stories of femininity, vulnerability, and human connection to nature and one’s self.