Shapeshift, sounds to me like a song with national potential. The main attraction is not her Arabic background. She does sing in Arabic occasionally, and some of the imagery ("Some day I'll ask you to grow me an olive tree") comes from that part of the world. You might even enjoy an edge in her singing that speaks to having heard Umm Kulthum and other great Arab popular singers-her voice has a great deal of texture and soul. But her music does not use Arabic modes. It's basically folk-pop, piano or guitar based. The Swell Season is a reasonable comparison. Instead it's Malhas's songs that are getting the at..."/>
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Hana Malhas performs at the Ark on May 31, 2012

Hana Malhas

One to watch

From the May, 2012 issue

Hana Malhas (say HEN-a) was raised in Amman, Jordan, and came to Ann Arbor to attend business school at the U-M. She graduated a few years back, and now she says she'd like to spend the rest of her life making music. Based on the evidence of her career thus far, she has a good shot at it. One to watch, indeed. One rapturous song, "Radiate," from her full-length

 
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