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Fatima Al Qadiri


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فاطمة القادري (Romanization: Fatima Al Qadiri) is a Brooklyn-based composer, musician, curator and artist. Born in Senegal, Al Qadiri’s exposure to the rampant misappropriation of Western subculture while growing up in Kuwait is apparent in her highly virtuosic body of work. She has performed her symphonic and plaintive baroque electronic compositions at The Kitchen, Gallery 179 and Santos Party House and has regularly exhibited multimedia projects in New York City and Kuwait alongside fellow iconoclasts Khalid Al Gharaballi and Lauren Boyle.


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  • crimsonmaestro

    Like, cool concepts shouldn't be used as a crutch if you're going to make a music album about it.

    23 Jul 3:56pm Reply
  • crimsonmaestro

    disappointed by Asiatisch, was a cool ass concept that felt musically flat. I can see i'm not the only one that thinks the same

    23 Jul 3:55pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Yup, pretty faceless stuff.

    22 Jun 7:33pm Reply
  • Meskh

    album novo kero

    16 May 10:20pm Reply
  • euey88

    no sense criticising the concept, which was a fucking cool idea. it was the execution that fell flat, pretty much zero variation in sound and a surprising lack of depth to each track. its either evidence of her limitations as a musician or evidence of her going full circle in her (by now pretty tired) exploration of shallow, empty kitsch and actually creating something that is ultimately shallow, empty kitsch

    18 Apr 1:49pm Reply
  • faxekondi9

    It really surprises me how many positive reviews Asiatisch has garnered. Hate to be a hater, but Asiatisch is a shallow record better suited to serve as weak accompaniment to an art installation rather than music you really listen to. I'm sure she is cool, but a lazy musical experiment on Orientalism does not a good record make.

    28 Mar 2:32am Reply
  • DecomposingTree

    lol @panzerese she herself said it was a journey through western imagining of china/chinese sounds. interesting concept for an album but its pretty boring & kinda just feels like a rehashing of Desert Strike, which was incredible

    19 Feb 8:50pm Reply
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    15 Jan 3:12am Reply

    can we have the pepsi image as main again?

    14 Jan 9:27am Reply
  • mrobdc

    I think all you need to understand this project is her own explanation of what it is: a journey through an "imagined China". Knowledge of her history really only serves to flesh out the project and why she would be interested in creating a body of work inspired by western orientalist views of Chinese culture.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bran_guti

    Seperat0r: I understand your analogy, however, I think good art in and of itself shouldn't need any props, prefaces, or explanation. It should be able to stand on its own without knowing the artist personally, or have any other extraneous prerequisites for enjoyment. For example, I write poetry; you shouldn't NEED to see me perform a poem, know my origin, or be given a contextual preface for my subject matter in order to 'get it' or understand what I'm trying to get across artistically. If you do, then the art doesn't stand on its own and is either: a) not very good, or b) serves in tandem as an accessory/prop for a greater piece (which is fine), and shouldn't be taken as a serious endeavor out of context. With that being said, I really enjoy GSX and am going to try out Asiatisch soon enough.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply

    her existence alone makes me so happy

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Seperat0r

    You gotta know her as a visual artist and a person before you really enjoy the music. People want a quick understanding, a drive-thru experience, but you're not gonna get that. If you're holding her to the same standard of progressiveness and technical proficiency that you're judging electronic music in general with you're not gonna know why it's interesting. If I may reach for an anaolgy; it's like Dethklok. You probably wouldn't care about Dethklok's music if you didn't watch Metalocalypse, but because there's this show, these characters, this pretense of something other than the music as a companion piece, you like to hear the music on it's own because you know where it's coming from.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • John-Example

    best thing that happened to the world after potato [2]

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • weichezaeune

    combining "nothing compares 2 u" with classical chinese poetry and a cheap japanese keyboard in the hands of a renowned kuwaitian visual artist - that's just great. looking for authentic arabic music you're in the wrongest of places here.

    28 Jul 2014 Reply

    versacetoga: yeah like فاطمة القادري.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • panzerese

    Really? Because this sounds nothing like Chinese music or what I imagine Chinese music might sound like, other than the random Chinese voices and the fact that the song titles reference Chinese things. Her previous EPs didn't sound Arabic either and the new album pretty much as the exact same sound. I think people are just digging way too much into the race thing because her race, album cover, and song titles are right there in front of our faces and it's easy to pick out when it's not really the point.

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ZSRR

    "I don't get why she did a china themed album and not an arabic one." I think it's got to do with the fact that Qadiri loves working with the fake and the non-authentic, exploring and satirizing the various aspects of popular perception and globalization. Both her and ours (her being Arabic and later American and us being usually European or American) perspective on "Chinese music" is skewed and wrong, watered down and filter to just some set of vaguely oriental melodies and sounds. "Asiatisch" isn't as much a documentary of modern day music of China but rather our reflection, a Western mind's attempt to imagine what Chinese music can be, gathered from usual tropes and stereotypes. Dan Barrow expands on these points nicely in his The Wire review of "Asiatisch":

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • Far-men

    Shanzhai is beautiful, but boring((...

    21 May 2014 Reply
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