Singer, Songwriter and producer, Nour Harkati is a nomad of music. Wandering through a collection of sounds, his songs weave a complex and colorful tapestry. While he was born and raised in Tunisia, he has spent the greater part of the past years overseas performing in Paris, Berlin, and most recently New York City. Baptized in a family of musicians, Nour yearned to expand his voice beyond the customary traditions. To begin his adventure of exploration he opened his ears to as many sounds as he could. Through his travels he experiments with new textures and discovers the world that surrounds him. Nour sings of existence in society, doubt and mistrust, constant departures, the lust of love, and joy. Within these themes he looks deeper into his roots and gets closer to himself. His latest collaborative project, “Helwess” meaning Paranoia in Arabic, is a soulful and otherworldly alternative rock album.
This album is born of the collaboration between Nour Harkati (Tunisian author, composer, performer) and the collective known as Aytma (Youssef Soltana, Marwen Soltana, Selim Arjoun and Hedi Fahem) . Together they set out to produce a collection of songs, delivered in Tunisian dialect, with the aim of capturing something of the times in which we live. How to deal with fragmented and virtual worlds, the search for authenticity in fake surroundings, a yearning for something to place your trust in when everything seems transient and unstable. This is the sound of the New Tunisia: a marriage of the ancient and the modern, the young and the old, the personal and the universal.