Anouar Brahem is one of Tunisia’s best-known composers and musicians. He’s released numerous solo albums and collaborated with a renowned French choreographer and an esteemed Greek filmmaker. Yet Brahem couldn’t figure out a way to respond to the upheaval in his country that began at the end of 2010 — the one that launched the Arab Spring. So he waited four years.
That response is captured on Brahem’s new album Souvenance, which is French for “remembrance.” He wrote this short text for the album’s liner notes:
“Extraordinary events had suddenly shaken the daily lives …