L.A.-Based Musician Tamtam Sings Of Saudi Arabia Lifting Ban On Women Drivers
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 3:40 PM
By Laura Coleman
If you’re a woman driving in Beverly Hills, you probably don’t think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car – not so for women in Saudi Arabia.
In anticipation of the decades-long edict banning women from driving in Saudi Arabia being overturned this Sunday, June 24, Saudi-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Tamtam is slated to release her new music video Drive tomorrow morning.
“The song is a celebration,” says Tamtam, who first drove at the age of 18 when she was studying economics at UC San Diego. “I want to stand up for this amazing positive change that’s happening in Saudi and in the world.”
Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, singer-songwriter Tamtam’s name is a moniker—a nickname referencing an African drum—adopted early in her career so she could distribute her music and release her videos publicly without revealing her identity.
“I felt like if I was a Saudi guy I wouldn’t even ask anyone’s permission,” she said.
Upon hearing the news last year that woman were going to be allowed to drive legally in Saudi Arabia, despite the kingdom’s conservative religious authorities, Tamtam said she was immediately inspired to write the song Drive to celebrate the progress that’s been happening in the country.
Beyond the pop overtones, the metaphors behind Drive run deep.
“Let go of past perceptions, tomorrow is mine,” Tamtam croons about a minute into the song. “We got drive; pushing through the limits we ride. Yeah we have dreams; and everyday we’re making them real.”