Author: Georgie Pope

Artist of the Month #4: Faraj Suleiman

Setting the stage: trailblazing the new Arabic jazz Currently regarded as one of the leading contemporary jazz pianists and composers of the Middle East, Faraj Suleiman built his scene and sound, from the ground up. With an impressive six albums under his belt and three currently...

Movie of the Month #4: The Dream of Shahrazad: Free Online Film Screening [MARSM Online 2020]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inspired by 1001 Nights, director Francois Verster intricately weaves together strands of music, storytelling, politics and drama in a rich multi-faceted cinematic tapestry. Assembled together to the background of Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic piece of ‘Sheherazade’, this film intricately documents powerful human stories across Egypt, Lebanon...

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...

Movie of the Month #3: El Gusto: Free Online Film Screening [MARSM Online 2020]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]EL GUSTO is the story and legacy of an orchestra formed in pre-independence Algeria by composer and musician El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka that brought together musicians of Muslim and Jewish backgrounds through Algerian chaabi music. The film traces the lives of the musicians 50...

The Elevator Podcast #2: Ghalia Benali

In our second podcast 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...

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 of the Month #2: Marcel Khalife

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,...

Movie of the Month #2: Voyageur: Marcel Khalife

Renowned Lebanese composer, Oud master and singer, Marcel Khalife is commonly regarded as one of the leading musical icons within the Arabic speaking world.  In celebration of Marcel Khalife’s 70th birthday, we streamed ‘Voyageur”, an engrossing audio-visual documentary that covers the life and journeys of Marcel...

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...