Hana Malhas (HM) is an enigmatic figure in the regional music scene, fearlessly contributing to the growth of indie alternative Arabic music over the past decade. As a performing singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneurial producer & curator, she embodies the intriguing paradox of belonging to nothing and everything at the same time.
Drawing from her rich Arab lineage, blending Jordanian, Palestinian, Lebanese, and Circassian heritage over controversial multi-faith backgrounds, HM’s music delves deep into themes of identity, belonging, time, relationships, and the human condition. Her songs carry profound social statements against injustice and censorship, within lyrics that are intensely personal, yet powerfully anthemic at the same time, making her more than just an entertainer; she's a storyteller with a mission.
“Magic on stage- an entertainer along with a stunning voice.”
— Black Crystal Cafe, GW Staton
When HM takes the stage, her powerful presence masks the introverted lyricist within, delivering “soul stirring” performances that captivate audiences. "Jordanian singer-songwriter Hana Malhas has her own way of evoking feelings you thought you had buried", praises Project Revolver.
With two albums, one EP, and four singles to her name, HM has built a diverse discography, of indie alternative songs in Arabic and English that showcases a metamorphosis over time. Naturally embracing genre-bending hybrids, she retains her distinctive artistic identity, immersing listeners in emotions, weaving fantasy, reality, fiction, and truth. Tracks including 'Endal Eneed,' ‘How We Love’, 'Mazar,' 'Nasi,' and ‘Alb Maskoon’ have earned a steady and growing listenership that resonates with both regional and global audiences in over 100 countries, with a particularly strong presence in Western Europe, MENA, and North America.
With nominations in the Independent Music Awards (Singer-Songwriter category), recognition in Arab News' top alternative albums list, and a feature in Universal Records' Mena compilation, “Now: Best of Indie Arabia Volume II” - a feature which also showcased rising artists breaking barriers in what was defined as “the male-dominated contemporary band and electronic landscape", HM's evolution as an artist is undeniable.
Her latest releases, including the bold electronic remake of Mohamed Abdel Wahab's legendary 'Ya Msafer Wahdak,' pave the way for even bolder arrangements in the originals that followed such as 'Endal Eneed' and 'Mazar', illustrating a creative process that incorporates the freedom of exploration.
Her live sets, intense and unapologetically raw, have earned her the privilege of the stage with esteemed artists such as Emel Mathlouthi, Masar Egbari, Lena Chamamyan, among others. Her original work is complemented by collaborations with notable artists such as Emel Mathlouthi, Jimi & The Saint, and Yazan Rousan.
In an industry undergoing seismic shifts, Hana Malhas doesn't just adapt—she innovates, and her impact extends beyond her music. She founded BalaFeesh, a live music platform, bringing artists and audiences together in what was then a new format that became a regional sensation. CairoScene hails BalaFeesh as "one of the pioneering MENA live session platforms” with over 45 million views on YouTube. BalaFeesh successfully curated showcases, collaborations, content, workshops, and educational events for the region, hosting over 40+ artists and experts from 10 countries over 6 years. After a temporary hiatus, the platform is now exploring solutions in music publishing and services for fellow indie artists.
Navigating between Middle Eastern and Western music scenes, Hana Malhas serves as a musical ambassador of sorts. Her lyrics transcend language barriers, speaking to universal human experiences while subtly highlighting the complexities of her own fragmented identity shaped by the cross-currents of social, musical, and cultural influences. Whether it's the emotional resonance of her songs or her transformative work in indie music spaces, she isn't just building a discography— she's building a legacy.