The SILA Connection: Recalling the 2019 Tour

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRa2q4C2AiA&feature=youtu.be" el_width="90" align="center"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inspired by David Mancuso, the creator of New York’s infamous “invitation only” party The Loft, the London equivalent audiophiles from Beauty and The Beat and Brilliant Corners  alongside our MARSM team set out on a musical exchange tour in 2019 in the footsteps...

El Gusto

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This film is no longer available. Our music documentary in August was 'El Gusto', which was available to watch for free, for all, from anywhere, from August 03 – 24. EL GUSTO is the story and legacy of an orchestra formed in pre-independence Algeria by composer and...

EP 2: Ghalia Benali

In our second episode we ride the Music Elevator with Ghalia Benali, the Tunisian singer, musician and storyteller who carved her path through a musical marriage between East and West. Her multicultural and polymorphic voice has had a significant impact on contemporary Arabic music.  Ghalia’s works...

#1 Mahraganat Madness by Phil Battiekh

About the mix: Mahraganat is electric folk music that emerged in the neighbourhoods Salam City and Matareya of Cairo and its popularity spread like wildfire throughout the Arabic speaking world. Sometimes dubbed “electro-shaabi”, Mahraganat itself means “festivals” in Arabic and the music is characterized by booming...

Playlist #14: Mahraganat Madness

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, SoundCloud, Mixcloud or play below This mixtape is guest-curated by dedicated Mahraganat DJ and founder of Cairo Concepts Phill Battiekh and reflects a unique insight into his musical favourites. As Phil puts it simply -"Some of the freshest...

Artist Feature: Marcel Khalife

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For most of the Arabic-speaking world, Marcel Khalife requires no introduction: his songs were hummed by our parents, played on our tape recorders and sung together at home and in the street; today his music reverberates in concert halls across the world. In this feature,...

Marcel Khalife: Voyageur

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This film is no longer available. Our music documentary in July was 'Marcel Khalife: Voyageur', which was available to watch for free, for all, from anywhere, from July 06 – 30. Renowned Lebanese composer, Oud master and singer, Marcel Khalife is commonly regarded as one of the...

Playlist #13: All Women’s

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, Listen on Spotify or play below The representation of women from the Arabic-speaking world as singers or musicians evokes questions about stereotypes and gender roles. In reality, some of the first to be recorded with the rise of...