Nadine Khouri pays tribute to Lhasa de Sela on soulful new single “Keep on Pushing These Walls”
“I wrote Keep On Pushing These Walls in tribute to the late, great Lhasa de Sela,” explains Nadine. “I’d seen Leslie Feist, Melissa Laveaux and others pay tribute to her life and work at the Barbican in London and came home and wrote this song. More generally, it’s about songs written by another that open us up to ourselves, to each other and to the world.
“Lhasa was a one-of-a-kind artist, whose music has accompanied me all throughout my life,” she continues. “People often talk about her as an extraordinary singer or performer, but she was equally a brilliant songwriter and storyteller. I often wonder what Lhasa would make of the world today. Her humility, openness and quest for authenticity always inspire me. Her music was expansive, beyond languages and genres. She sang from and for the soul.”
The song’s evocative video was directed by Ramzi Hibri and shot in Lebanon.
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“Khouri has a terrific voice, it’s hushed bluesy tone recalling Cat Power, while her songs’ settings, which include judicious saxophone and keys, have small-hours allure." 8/10, UNCUT