Soap Kills is a Lebanese electro-acoustic band, set up in 1997 by Yasmine Hamdan and Zeid Hamdan. They rediscover songs from the classical Arab repertoire and combine them with urban sounds, melodic music and Yasmine’s extraordinary voice. Their texts are written in Arabic, French or English, and the band expands when needed to include trumpet, flute, saxophone, double bass and drums, combining them in original fusions. Originally known only in the English and French-speaking cultural scene of Beirut, they have released several video clips and gone on tour several times and are now preparing their first international CD with a French music label. Yasmine Hamdan, born in 1976 in Beirut, studied psychology at St. Joseph’s University in Beirut and moved to Paris in 2002 to study drama and performance. Zeid Hamdan, also born in 1976 in Beirut, went to school in Paris. After returning to Lebanon, he acted in films and theatre productions and was involved in several bands. He composes his own songs, on the guitar.
Author: House of World Cultures
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
Contemporary Artists from Middle East
(20 March 03 - 11 May 03)