Deena Abdelwahed Khonnar live
Producer and Tunisian DJ, Deena Abdelwahed arrives in France at the age of 26 after having made her arms on the Tunis stage and participated in the Arabstazy Collective. Her hybrid DJ sets at the forefront of subcultures, including her DJ set at Sonar in 2017 (Top 10 of the NY Times festival) reveal the young Tunisian at festivals and events requiring the demanding clubbing (Boiler Room, Concrete, Room For Resitance , Säule / Berghain ...). Only novelty and daring count for a place in Deena's playlists.
Deena Abdelwahed’s first album is shifting the epicenter of contemporary electronic music south: ‘Khonnar’ will be released on November 16, 2018 by InFiné. Pronounced ‘Ronnar’, it is a term that makes the most of Tunisia’s cultural and linguistic spectrum. It evokes the dark, shameful and disturbing side of things, the one we usually seek to hide, but which Deena instead sticks our noses in with her debut. It is a testament to Deena’s coming into her own as a world citizen, and as an artist.
Throughout the 45 minutes of ‘Khonnar’, Deena breaks down the codes of bass, techno and experimental music, and writes the manifesto for a generation that does not seek to please or to conform, taking back control of its identity – with all the attendant losses and chaos. A new creative world order is taking shape, a new tilting point between north and south, the response of a connected and liberated youth who takes the control of the new decolonization.
In 2020 Deena Abdelwahed returns with a new EP that‘s taking her message back to the dancefloor. Straying away from personal identification, these four new tracks keep on focusing on sonic influences from her home region, be it in terms of rhythmic structure, sampling or other local sources. ‘Dhakar’ translates from Arabic to the male or masculine. It’s representing a record charged with meaningful messages, prepared to stir up audiences across borders.