Egyptian/Lebanese songstress NEeMA has unveiled her new video for “Elsa’s Lullaby”, a heartfelt tribute to her beloved dog of the same name. The video features Elsa herself along with NEeMA, romping through the wilds of Montreal and lounging around their old apartment in Northern Canada. AOL Music launched the exclusive premiere along with an interview feature, in which NEeMA weighs in on the inspiration behind the song, the video shoot, and her long-time mentor, the legendary Leonard Cohen. Get the full story and watch the video here.
“Elsa’s Lullaby” is a featured track off NEeMA’s highly acclaimed sophomore album ‘WATCHING YOU THINK’, just released last month via Sony International. Produced by NEeMA herself in association with Leonard Cohen and Pierre Marchard (Sarah McLachlan, Ron Sexsmith), the US version boasts 13 folk-rock gems including the lead single “Escape”, a poignant re-imagining of the Dire Straits classic “Romeo and Juliet”, and a new version of her deeply moving musical prayer, “Masi 2011”. NEeMA’s undeniable musical prowess has been acknowledged by leading journalists from The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, and many more. In their recent review, Examiner describes her sound as “a mixture of sun-shiny 70s optimism, folk-rock-gypsy rhythms, and NEeMA's sometimes sing-songy, sometimes keen-as-a-needle voice”, while adding, “The CD is an enjoyable ride through a panoply of musical euphorias.” Leading indie music tastemaker Delusions of Adequacy referred to the album as “something deeply personal and precious” and further commented, “Its wonderful unity of lightly orchestrated folk, intelligent poetry, warm production, and endearing, almost vulnerable vocals make it an instant classic in the genre.”
On March 30th, NEeMA held her official NYC Release party at the singer-songwriter haven, Joe’s Pub. Over the past year, NEeMA has toured the US extensively, with highlights including performances at SXSW and the National Folk Alliance Showcase, and a stint opening for The Chapin Sisters on their national tour.
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NEeMA Tour Dates:
4/7 – East Lansing, MI @ Pasant Theatre *
4/9 – Traverse City, MI @ Traverse City Opera House *
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Tin Angel *
4/13 – Washington DC @ Jammin Java *
4/15 – Shelburne Falls, MA @ Mocha Maya’s Cafe
* Denotes performance with Jesse Winchester