Hyperdub / KW
Sónar by Night - SonarLab - Resident Advisor
Fatima Al Qadiri’s career has taken an interesting turn with her latest EP, "Shaneera", on whose cover she appears as a kind of drag queen or heavy glam singer. The title also describes the themes she discusses: "Shaneera" means outrageous or disgusting and is also slang for "evil queen" in several Arabic countries. The album is an open love letter to all the world’s queens, and its lyrics are full of references to Grinder chats and pieces of monologue concerning drag queens and gender issues. For this album Fatima has been encouraged to play live for the first time and will present a new show that uses a powerful visual device that explores the volatile space between masculinity and femininity. This provides yet another example of this remarkable artist who typically incorporates politically charged concepts into unusually deep electronic music.
Al Qadiri is no conventional producer. Born in Dakar and raised in Kuwait, she lived in New York for many years and is now established in Berlin. Her sound communicates her life experience and ideas, often mixing parts of traditional Arabic music with today’s new electronic trends and genres such as footwork, minimalist grime or video game tunes (which was the basis for her extraordinary album, "Desert Strike"). In her unique world she places importance on her compositions, the design of the releases, an obsession with the cruelty of war and police surveillance (the concept behind her album "Brute", 2015), and constant creation, both solo and together with several other creators from multiple disciplines.