Deena Abdelwahed

Electronic Music Producer and DJ

Fall 2022

Deena Abdelwahed hugging her arms

Marie Rouge

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“With this research residency, I want to understand the various musical, technical, and artistic factors that make up the clubbing/dancefloor scene.”
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My name is Deena Abdelwahed. I’m Tunisian but was born in Qatar, where I lived until I was 18. In Tunis, I got my first taste of actual live music by going to gigs where I could see the stage, the audience, the dancefloor, and parties with rotating DJs… and I was hooked instantly. I got really into it; I loved the idea of being a part of this scene and bringing something new to it. I saw how all the electro music events I went to or took part in were only accessible to wealthy, intellectual elites, and that drove me further down my path. I guess you could say I was a bit jealous that electro had become this exclusive thing, when it in fact it was born from the African American community, which was then often perceived as poor and transgressive.

 

Since then, I’ve travelled Europe and the Arab world as a DJ and live musician, having released an album and two EPs on the Parisian label InFiné, and several collaborative tracks and remixes. I’m currently working on a musical performance project with two of the best artists from the Arab alternative music scene, Khayam Allami et Aya Metwalli. We’re trying to fit our explorations and experimentations into a more club-friendly format.

 

A Tunisian producer and DJ, Deena Abdelwahed has released a number of albums on the InFiné label in Paris, including “Khonnar” (2018) and “Dhakar” (2020). Her musical explorations strive to reinterpret the diverse elements that comprise Arab music, drawing inspiration from both club music and the current experimental music scene. She has performed live and DJ sets at various festivals, including Sonar in Spain, Berlin’s CTM, Mexico City’s Mutek, and clubs such as Concrete Paris, Berlin’s Berghain and Moscow’s Mutabor.

 

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In partnership with

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Institut du Monde Arabe

The Arab World Institute was established in 1987 by France and the Arab League states to enhance knowledge and circulation of Arab culture in every form. A real space for encounters and exchange, it has contributed to the strengthening of cultural, political, economic and social ties between France and the Arab world for 30 years.

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InFiné "Sustainable Music"

Founded in 2006 by Alexandre Cazac and Yannick Matray, the InFiné label is expanding in Paris, Berlin, and across borders to meet diverse projects that like to transcend genres.

For 15 years, the label and publisher has welcomed and supported artists from all over the world such as Rone, Bruce Brubaker, Deena Abdelwahed, Vanessa Wagner, Murcof, Arandel, Aārp, or more recently, Mischa Blanos, Léonie Pernet, Sabrina Bellaouel, Lucie Antunes, Bottler, Basile3, Toh Imago...

Firmly independent, InFiné is a creative platform committed to "Sustainable Music" composed of "Music Activists" who never stop working for diversity and innovation.

 

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