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HM’s latest single, ‘Mazar’, released on March 9th, 2022 kicks off with a bluesy minimalistic groove that eventually transitions into a wall of stomps, claps, moving choirs and an explosive anthemic rock chorus highlighting Malhas’s fierce & soulful vocals. ‘Mazar’ is about finding the strength to break free from whatever prison holds you captive.

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Hana Malhas is a powerful performer camouflaging an introverted lyricist. Her music is raw vulnerability with an edge of fierceness. HM’s songs are lyrically-driven electro-acoustic tracks in Arabic and English, with an indie-alternative vibe.

HM launched her solo music project independently through grassroots initiatives within the Arab region, contributing to the growth of its indie music movement. Hana is a prominent figure in the alternative Arabic music scene: for her original content; as a featured artist on other artists’ tracks; and as the founder of BalaFeesh, a platform that showcases live performance videos and collaborations of the region’s best independent musicians.

 

PERFORMANCES

On stage, her intense setlist takes you on a rollercoaster of unapologetic emotions. The Jordanian multi-instrumental singer-songwriter moves between keys and guitar, demonstrating a range in themes and styles. 

“…a songstress with a 10,000-watt voice…as if the music is taking over her body, channeling through her lungs in a sort of velvet explosion, with an infectious smile, and a playful way of grooving onstage, performing with either piano or guitar.” Nick Seeley, JO Magazine

In 2019, Hana Malhas was the only female act included in a 9-band lineup for RedBull’s Local Vocals festival in Jordan. Hana’s past performances include a range of venues, from intimate listening rooms to festivals and outdoor stages in MENA & US. She has also shared the stage in live performances with the likes of Aziz Maraka, Masar Egbari, El Far3i, El Morabba3, Lena Chamamyan, Emel Mathlouthi, and many more.

DISCOGRAPHY

In Jan 2022, she released a unique electronic rendition of Mohammed Abdel Wahab’s “Ya Msafer Wahdak” produced by No-One (Amr Shomali), highlighting the lyrical richness of Arabic classics and appealing to listeners across borders and generations.
 This remake pays homage to the iconic original and its pioneering composer, who was one of the first to blend Arabic and western music, an approach Hana believes in when creating her own original Arabic tracks.

Hana’s latest release ‘How We Love’ in 2021, an electro-gospel-pop ballad, is a journey through the haunting quiet and torrential storm experienced when “big love” happens at the wrong time.

Coupling nostalgic keys and atmospheric synths, with whispered observations and belted declarations, Malhas’ iconic vocal walks you through the wake as she mourns the death of love.

 

The song is a remake of the demo version debuted in Hana’s 2012 EP, which was nominated for the Independent Music Award Singer-songwriter category alongside Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’.

From that same body of work, the song ‘Run-B Side’ was licensed to the Palestinian documentary ‘Speed Sisters’ (2013). 

In 2018, ‘Nasi’ – ‘ناسي’ (Malhas’ full-length album) showcased a metamorphosis to an electro-acoustic sound while maintaining the raw vulnerability in expression that defined her earlier more acoustic songs. 

‘Nasi’ – ‘ناسي’ , the album’s title song, was the singer’s first self-written Arabic release and was featured in Universal Music MENA’s compilation ‘Now: Best of Indie Arabia Volume II.’ 

In 2010, she also produced and released her first Arabic cover, a duet with Yazan Al Rousan for his song ‘Trooh’ تروح.

As a featured artist, Malhas has lent her voice to the likes Egyptian band Jimi & The Saint’s 2019 release ‘Mish Momkin’, and Emel Mathlouthi’s 2020 remake of ‘Kelmti Horra’. 

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“Until now, and similar to the global industry, the contemporary band and electronic landscape has been largely male dominated. That said, there are several rising artists and breakthrough stars who show signs of leaving their male counterparts in the dust. One of these is singer-songwriter Hana Malhas, whose track Nasi was recently featured in Universal Records’ Mena compilation, Now: Best of Indie Arabia Volume II.” – Maha El Nabawi, The National, May 2018. Nick Seeley, JO Magazine
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