Pop into Art
Get off that “it’s all just music man” high horse. It’s fun to define and name new genres of music, even when you know it’s merely imposing an artificial structure on something that’s naturally fluid. It’s even more fun to then bend those definitions and blur them at the edges. And, in the hands of Fatima Al Qadiri, such exercises become an art form in themselves.
Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait, now based in New York City, the producer released an EP called Genre-Specific Xperience, in which she deconstructed and re-envisioned musical styles from hip hop to electro tropicalia and connected each song to a music video made by a different visual artist. Ayshay, an earlier project, is constructed from warped a capella vocals inspired by the music she grew up with in Kuwait.
Similar to Egyptian-born, New York-based Nader Sadek, Al Qadiri is both a musician and a conceptual artist who works with music among other media. That doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to chill to one of her tracks. It just means that, if you wanted, you could probably also write a masters thesis on it. It also means you are more likely to witness her electronic explorations live in a world renowned art museum like the Tate Modern than in da club. It’s no biggie if that’s not really your scene though. You can check her out on the Internet too: