Fatima Al Qadiri has announced her new album Medieval Femme with new single “Malaak.”
The mystical track is the first preview of what Al Qadiri has called “my delirious romantic arabesque fantasy album.” Medieval Femme was inspired by classical poems of Arab women and the themes of melancholic longing they explored.
It comes four years after the Shaneera EP, Al Qadiri’s last music release and project for Hyperdub. In the interim, the producer helmed the soundtrack for the 2019 film Atlantics directed by Mati Diop. The acclaimed movie made Diop the first Black woman to direct a film featured in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Medieval Femme drops May 14 on Hyperdub. Hear “Malaak” below: