Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 9:30 AM EST Nov 30, 2018 In “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the Jim Jarmusch film about sophisticated vampires living in Detroit, a singer performs a mesmerizing, yearning ballad inside a small club in Tangier for a crowd that includes lead actors Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. “Yasmine,” says Swinton’s character, revealing the artist’s name once the song is finished. “She’s Lebanese. I’m sure she’ll be very famous.” Movie vampires are good judges of talent. Yasmine Hamdan is an icon of innovation in her homeland and has become an international star for her sleek, modern interpretation of Arabic music — a style fueled originally by Beirut’s cultural revival after the Lebanese civil war. She will appear in Detroit for the first time in Detroit starting Thursday, when she participates in a question-and-answer session after a free screening of 2013’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” at Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum. Then on Friday, she’ll give a free concert in the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts (under the auspices of the Arab American National Museum’s Global Fridays series). Hamdan’s popularity is such that most of the free tickets for the concert were snapped up in September, immediately after the event was announced. Strong and sensual onstage, Hamdan blends Western elements with the traditional sounds of her… Read full this story
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