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PERSONA is a female-fronted alternative metal band from Tunisia. Their style fuses modern metal sound with elements of rock, thrash and heavy riffs with synth effects and classical orchestration, creating the perfect foundation for intense and captivating vocal lines.

Being considered one of the most accomplished and influential bands on the Tunisian metal scene, PERSONA have already started moving forward to the international level. They made their first appearance with music video for the single “Blinded”, which was voted Best Metal Video for 2015 in African Rock Music Awards contest on AudioInferno.com. Their debut album “Elusive Reflections” was released on February 12th 2016, and got outstanding reviews from webzines all over the world: “…Rare is the band that can come out of the gate so confidently displaying such diversity in the genre... With such a strong debut, it’s hard not to think about the potential of the band moving forward” (Dead Rhetoric, USA); “…Music of strength, conviction and power… To this very moment, Elusive Reflections stands as the best female fronted metal album of 2016” (Sorrow Eternal, USA); “A stunning debut from this North African band and certainly an album worth checking out” (Ravenheart Music, UK); “Catchy, listenable and very melodious album” (Metal Revolution, Denmark). The band is currently working on the second album which will be released this year.

Formed in 2012 by lead guitarist Melik Melek Khelifa and singer/pianist Jelena Dobric, the band went through many different phases and musical genres, exploring and looking for a distinctive way of expression. After several changes, Yosri Ouada became their permanent rhythm guitarist, Youssef Aouadi took place on drums, Walid Bessadok joined on keyboard and Nesrine Mahbouli on bass. Each member brought an individual musical personality into the band, making its style unique and appealing to the broadest audience.

Very soon after getting together, the band started being active on stage and regularly participating in local metal concerts and events. They won the “Metal Asylum Battle” contest held in Tunis in august 2013, when they performed live on stage with the guest star Ron Bumblefoot Thal (BUMBLEFOOT, Guns’N’Roses, Art of Anarchy). The concert was mentioned by Laurie Monk in
http://www.truthinshredding.com/2013/08/ron-thal-performs-november-rain-with.html .

Awards
Winners of Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands HARD ROCK CAFE Port El Kantaoui 2017

Opening for MYRATH JMC APRIL 2017

Opening for XANDRIA Origins Fest February 2017

Winners of Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands HARD ROCK CAFE Port El Kantaoui 2016

In 2013 Jelena Dobric and Melik Khelifa composed and recorded the score for the movie "Horra" ("Libre") from the Tunisian director Moez Kamoun

Website: www.persona.tn
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