First Dates: Karima el Fillali x Els Mondelaers
Arabic songs meet contemporary sound
Karima el Fillali & Els Mondelaers
Karima el Fillali is a Dutch-Moroccan singer/songwriter who grew up in the Westland region of the Netherlands as the daughter of a Moroccan father and Dutch mother. On a musical journey to Morocco, she became interested in traditional spiritual Arabic singing. She has performed on various festival stages in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Els Mondelaers is a renowned singer in the areas of contemporary music & music theatre. The Belgian mezzo obtained a Master’s degree in classical singing from the Ghent Conservatorium, graduating magna cum laude, with the specialisation of soloist in contemporary music.
About First Dates
Two singers (male/female) perform together for the first time during First Dates as they find inspiration in each other and in the special location where they meet. O. matches up performers from different musical worlds for a first date. Imagine a duet between an opera diva and a rapper. Or, a queen of pop jamming with a classical Arabic singer. Perhaps the initial encounter will have a follow-up, who knows, but it is thrilling for musicians and audience alike, in any case!