Reem Kelani, the Palestinian singer, musician, musicologist and broadcaster, was born in England, brought up in Kuwait, and she now lives in London. Reem is both bi-lingual and bi-cultural. She does her own research, composes and arranges her music, trains and leads her (mostly non-Arab) musicians in Arabic music, and sings. She is at once respectful of convention and highly innovative.
Reem’s profile in the Arab and non Arab world continues to grow in equal measure, all the more to her credit as an unsigned artist who has preserved her independence, musically, spiritually and politically.
Reem’s discography attests to her novel style as an artist and to her standards of production:
- Her 2006 album “Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora” is something of a classic of its genre with over 50 excellent reviews from across the world: http://reemkelani.com/page_media_reviews.asp#sg
“When a self-produced album by an unknown Palestinian singer gets as much attention and better reviews than the Arctic Monkeys in mainstream publications such as Time Out and London's Evening Standard, you know something significant is afoot.” The Telegraph (2006)
- Her 2016 album “Reem Kelani: Live at the Tabernacle” has similarly earned glowing reviews: http://reemkelani.com/page_media_reviews.asp#latt
“In 2006 I concluded my review of Reem Kelani's debut album Sprinting Gazelle with the phrase I believe it's a masterpiece. That belief has subsequently matured into a certainty, and the disc has become one of my favourite albums in any genre. A full decade later Kelani's follow-up album Live at the Tabernacle, on Leon Rosselson's Fuse label, could easily have proved an anti-climax. Instead, it complements its predecessor admirably while also being a masterpiece on its own terms.” Irish Left Review (2016)