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British DJ sentenced to prison over call to prayer remix
A British DJ was sentenced to one year in prison in Tunisia after he remixed a call to prayer in one of his songs during a music festival. The nightclub in the coastal town of Hammamet where the incident took place was immediately shut down after videos of the event appeared on Facebook. Many Tunisians...

Jazz at the Rio
Cool cats and Groovy chicks, check out Jazz Club de Tunis’ latest They’re holding a workshop at the Rio, in central Tunis on Sunday. It’s between 2pm and 4pm in the afternoon. After that, they’re like laying down some sweet vibes from 7pm onward. Turn up on the day, or just click here for some...

Yuma: With Tunisia Live
It’s hip, it’s hot and it’s here. Check out one of Tunisia’s coolest emerging groups, Yuma, who swung by Tunisia LIve last week to share their thought and tunes with us....

Video: Tunisia’s Prison Music
Tunisia’s prisons offer few creative outlets, but prisoners have been creating their own for years. Since the late 19th century, prisoners in Tunisia have been expressing themselves through Zindali, a musical style with roots in the country’s traditional Mezoued music.The name Zindali comes from Bardo’s Zindala prison. The zoufri...

Video: Stambeli, a History in Music
Sidi Abdeslam is a Stambeli music troupe, led by Belhassen Mihoub. They play every Wednesday during Ramadan at the Mrabet Café in Tunis’ Medina. Belhassen Mihoub Stambeli Music Group Stambeli, brought to Tunisia by people trafficked as slaves from Sub-Saharan Africa, combines music, words and dance from multiple traditions. During the ritual, so...

Photo Essay: The Ecologies of the Apocalypse
Pre-history and post-apocalypse have come together in Marsa. Agartha, a mixed-media art experience taking place at the gallery space La Maison de la Plage until June 4, is a collaboration between painter Myriam Zeramdini and musician Fedor Souissi. More specifically, it’s an attempt to imagine the world in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster as...

Profile: Mike Watson, American DJ In Tunis
It was in part Dizzy Gillespie’s jazz classic “A night in Tunisia” that brought Mike Watson here. “The song is very mysterious from the way it begins until it ends,” he told Tunisia Live. “As I grew up, it became very significant [for me]. When I decided to travel [abroad], Tunisia was the first place that...

Metal Heads: Revolution and Rock Collide in Post Revolutionary Tunisia
If you had approached the Whatever Saloon last Saturday anytime after 2 p.m., you would have heard angry growls and furious drums from blocks away. The alternative café-turned-cultural center in downtown Tunis was host to a Metal concert featuring eight bands from the metro region and drawing over 400 attendees. Mohamed Jouida, an economics and...

Interview: The Man Who Built Prince’s Final Guitar, the Purple Special
The world was shocked last night by what appears to be the sudden death of musical legend Prince. While the musician was loved and respected around the world, his unique musical and visual style had proven equally popular amongst Tunisian fans, many of whom today are mourning the loss of an icon. Rumors about Prince’s...

Profile: Amal Cherif, Jazz à Carthage Headliner
Amal Cherif, the hometown headliner at this year’s Jazz à Carthage festival, says she taught herself her craft using a book called Piano for Dummies and had her first solo gigs at karaoke nights in Lac cafes. She credits her success to these humble beginnings. “Adversity is what makes you outdo yourself,” she told Tunisia...