Fatima Al Qadiri

Fatima Al Qadiri (Arabic: فاطمة القديري; born July 1981) is a Senegalese-born Kuwaiti musician and conceptual artist.

Fatima Al Qadiri
Also known asAyshay
BornJuly 1981 (age 41)
Dakar, Senegal
GenresElectronic music
Occupation(s)DJ, music producer, artist
Instrument(s)Synthesizer, computer
Years active2009–present
LabelsHyperdub, Fade to Mind, Uno NYC, Tri Angle


Fatima Al Qadiri is the daughter of Mohammed Al Qadiri, a former Kuwaiti diplomat and writer, and Thuraya Al-Baqsami, an internationally acclaimed artist and writer. Her sister is the visual artist Monira Al Qadiri. She was born in Dakar, Senegal, in July 1981, where her father was doing work as a diplomat at the time.[1] She moved back to Kuwait with her family at age two and, at age seventeen, Al Qadiri graduated from high school in Kuwait and went on to pursue a college education in the United States.[1] On scholarships from the Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait, Al Qadiri briefly attended various colleges—Pennsylvania State University, George Washington University, and the University of Miami—before transferring to New York University and earning a bachelor's degree in Linguistics at age twenty-two.[2][1] After college, she went to various different cities before moving back to the US in 2007.[1]


In October 2010, Al Qadiri produced "Muslim Trance", a mini-mix for DIS magazine under the alias Ayshay, which garnered her attention.[3] She also began her blog Global .Wav on DIS Magazine earlier that year.[4] In 2011, Al Qadiri and the Kuwaiti artist Khalid Al Gharaballi received a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture to produce a video and sculpture installation entitled "Mendeel Um A7mad (NxIxSxM)" shown at Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait in 2012.[5]

From 2011 – 2012, Al Qadiri released several EPs on the labels Fade to Mind, UNO and Tri Angle (under the name Ayshay).[6]

In March 2013, Al Qadiri became a member of the 9 (now 8) person art collective GCC, whose work has been exhibited at the MoMA PS1, Fridericianum, Sharjah Art Foundation and Whitney Museum of American Art.[7]

Her debut album, Asiatisch, was released by Hyperdub.[8]

She is also part of the group Future Brown, a collaboration with Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and J-Cush of Lit City Trax. Their self-titled album was released on Warp Records in 2015.[9]


As of May 2017, Fatima Al Qadiri produced her music with a setup of an 88-key MIDI controller, studio monitors, a microphone, and the digital audio workstation Logic Pro, a program she had used since 2001.[10]

Published worksEdit

  • Mahma Kan Athaman (with Khalid al Gharaballi, Sophia Al Maria and Babak Radboy) published by Bidoun magazine, Issue 20, New York, 2010.[11]
  • Pâté (with Lauren Boyle) published by Common Space, New York, 2011.[12]


Studio albumsEdit


Film scoresEdit


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  2. ^ "Fatima Al Qadiri | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Ayshay - Muslim Trance Mini-Mix". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ Lauren Boyle; Solomon Chase; Marco Roso; Nick Scholl; David Toro. "Global .Wav "DIS Magazine". DIS Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ "AFAC Announces 35 New Grant Recipients from its First Call in 2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Ayshay: WARN-U EP Album Review - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Asiatisch - Fatima Al Qadiri". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ "WARP – Artists – Future Brown". Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  10. ^ Raihani, Nadine (4 May 2017). "Fatima Al Qadiri: Navigating The Creative" Archived 25 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Native Instruments blog. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Future Fictions". www.frieze.com. Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Patrik Sandberg » A SLICE OF PÂTÉ". patriksandberg.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.