Midnight in a Perfect World: EMEL

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder

EMEL is the simplified alias of Tunisian-born, New York-based art-pop singer, producer, and activist Emel Mathlouthi. She rose to international fame in the early 2010s as "the voice of the Arab Spring" for her iconic track "Kelmti Horra" that served as a protest anthem during the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. She recently released her latest full-length album MRA on April 19th. Meaning 'woman' in Arabic and featuring only women collaborators, MRA is a multi-genre meld of African trap, batucada, Arabic reggaeton, hip-hop, and drum n’ bass that seeks to amplify and strengthen the voices of women worldwide.

In regards to her eclectic, exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World, EMEL shares: "This is a mix of tracks that I personally enjoy deeply, they just hit my core in many different ways, a tribute to my culture and its plurality, where I come from, where my heart settles and where my ears are stimulated the most."

Artist Title
Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Hbiba Msika Negtaa Tanhida
Kanye West Say You Will
Metttani Aminislam
Hadhra Ya Fares Baghdad
Alessandro Cortini Sonno
Boutaiba Sghir Malgre Tout Mazel Nebghik
R.roo From You
Rammstein Amour
Shorta Mechwiya Fil ghaba
Mugar Kabily-touseg
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb
Ouleya Mint Leguereybe
Mugar El Farh
EMEL L'amour
Ocha Rap Shere3 Filastine


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP's weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ's, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World  is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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