Author: Christina Hazboun

Film of the Month #7: Sector Zero

This film is available from February 01 - 15.  ‘Sector Zero’ is a unique journey into the bittersweet history of Beirut’s derelict neighbourhood of Karantina. Lying to the East of Beirut’s port, the area harbours a complex and fascinating story in both its buildings and ruins....

The Elevator Podcast #7: Mustafa Said

In this episode of the Music Elevator we are thrilled to have with us one of the most notable figures in classical Arabic music: Mustafa Said. Mustafa is an Egyptian singer, musicologist, composer and Oud virtuoso born and raised in Cairo. Said was introduced to music...

Playlist #26: Elias Rahbani Tribute

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Elias Rahbani was arguably one of the most influential lyricists, composers, orchestral arrangers and conductors in the Arabic-speaking world. As the youngest brother of the famed Rahbani brothers Assi and Mansour, he would soon outgrow their footsteps with...

Playlist #25: Arabic Christmas Songs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Click here for the full playlist on Spotify. As the festive season is approaching, here’s a MARSM gift to you, showcasing Christmas carols and songs from the Arabic-speaking world. The musical genres reflected within are wildly varied, from liturgical...

Playlist #24: 2020 Releases

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Click here for the full playlist on Spotify. How can we sum up 2020 in music? Our last playlist of the year spotlights some of the most evocative songs released in 2020 from the Arabic-speaking world. This was not...

The Elevator Podcast #6: Emel Mathlouthi

With us through the soundwaves - for the last podcast of 2020 - is Tunisian-born singer-songwriter, producer and artist Emel Mathlouthi. With her theatrical stage presence and arresting visuals, her live performances have captivated audiences ever since her debut album “Kelmti Horra”, released in 2012....

Playlist #23: Palestine Solidarity Songs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Click here for the full playlist on Spotify. For the Palestinian struggle, like many anti-colonial struggles, song and music have undeniably been a key catalyst in supporting and driving resistance movements. From facilitating mass-mobilization, to overcoming centralized forms of...

Playlist #22: East Syrian Hafla Hits | Curated by Rizan Said

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. This playlist is curated by Syrian Kurdish composer, musician and producer Rizan Said, also known as the “King of Keyboard” and renowned for his prolific collaborations with numerous stellar Syrian artists. Rising on the world’s stage through his iconic...

Playlist #21: Trumpeters from the East | Curated by Amir ElSaffar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Click here for the full playlist on Spotify. This playlist is curated by Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar.The trumpet is not an instrument that comes to mind when we think about Arabic music. Typical Arabic instruments include the oud (lute),...