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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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  • Orangism

    best thing that happened to the world after potato

    10 Aug 8:16pm 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 10:06am Reply

    versacetoga: yeah like فاطمة القادري.

    22 Jul 2:07pm 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 7:06am 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 11:25pm Reply
  • Far-men

    Shanzhai is beautiful, but boring((...

    21 May 8:29pm Reply
  • sr_Andy

    Dragon Tattoo nice

    18 May 4:43pm Reply
  • ChelseaSmile95

    fairly disappointed with asiatisch [2] Like I don't hear any progress since her EPs.

    11 May 10:11am Reply
  • affasf

    I don't get why she did a china themed album and not an arabic one.

    8 May 5:55pm Reply
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  • Mindcircus

    Really like the album, even though it sounds like it could have been made in a short space of time.

    6 May 11:19pm Reply


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  • chewtoy

    Wudang is a good track but the rest of the album is too much noodling with various synth sounds. She ought to focus more on creating good music and less on the "ironic" "identity" "hipsterisms".

    3 May 7:45pm Reply
  • ZSRR

    versacetoga, what's wrong with her real name?

    1 May 11:46am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Shanzhai (for Shanzhai Biennial) feat. Helen Feng is weird cos I can't decide if it's inspired or utter shite, which in itself is kind of a recommendation, it's definitely a brave opening track to the album. Oh one more thing I don't like that steel drum percussion anymore, leave it out

    24 Apr 10:45pm Reply
  • versacetoga

    shud rly consider usin a stage name

    16 Apr 3:48pm Reply
  • sunnydaysforme

    i liked it a first, then found it repetitive, and now i love it. its a grower

    7 Apr 4:54pm Reply

    find most of asiatisch kind of kitschy. like she added the new palette on top of her old one. but there's no significance to it for a lot of songs. some good ones though, should've been an EP

    5 Apr 1:31pm Reply
  • Econolodge

    new ting was kinda meh on first listen but its quickly growing on me. Not as hard hitting as Desert Strike but very cohesive & has great flow throughout tracks

    3 Apr 4:09am Reply
  • hannustratet

    fairly disappointed with asiatisch

    27 Mar 8:22pm Reply
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