Author: Christina Hazboun

Playlist #19: Egyptian Film Music

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube  and Spotify Recognized as an unparalleled historical powerhouse of cinema, film and pop culture, Egypt’s prominent history in the region's cultural production is undeniable. An influential cultural capital during the Middle East’s ‘Nahda’ era (a cultural and creative...

Movie of the Month #5: October Double Bill: From Beneath the Earth & The Only Trees – Free Online Film Screening [MARSM Online 2020]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] This October, we’re spoiling you with two phenomenal films from the Levant region exploring independent music from Palestine to Kurdistan.   From Beneath the Earth من تحت الأرض:  The masterwork of British born Palestinian director Sami Alalul, ‘From Beneath the Earth’ provides a unique showcase and insider’s perspective...

The Elevator Podcast #4: Toot Ard

In this episode, we are thrilled to welcome Hasan Nakhleh from the inventive duo, Toot Ard, from the Occupied Golan Heights. Meaning “strawberries” in Arabic, the band are loved for their morphed reggae, psyche-rock, quarter tones, heavy synths, and most recently sprinkled pop.  The trailblazing ensemble...

Playlist #18: A Habibi Funk Selection

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube  For this edition, we have teamed up with guest curator Habibi Funk, DJ and record label manager who is renowned for digging up 70s and 80s jazz and funk music from Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Lebanon...

Playlist #17: Arabic Cartoon Music

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube  Get ready for a vintage and analog take on Arabic cartoon music. This time around, we visit the legendary Arabic cartoons that swept the region during the 1980’s and 1990’s, cementing themselves as a staple of...

The Elevator Podcast #3: Tarek Yamani

Our guest in our the Music Elevator is Lebanese jazz pianist and award winning composer Tarek Yamani. Described as “having a piano in each hand” Tarek’s work is rich and varied in its inspiration.  From his first album “Ashur”, released in 2012, Tarek has been reinventing...

Playlist #16: 100 Years of Oud

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify The oud, also dubbed “the king of instruments” can be found in compilations from Algiers to Baghdad and across the Arabic-speaking world. A precursor to the guitar, the oud is a fretless wooden 12-stringed...

Playlist #15: Gulf Music

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube  and Spotify The Gulf is known for its unique musical renderings, mellow yet rhythmic dance moves and the use of instruments such as tabl, daf and murwas. There are many genres including ardah, samri, saut, bastah...