Author: Georgie Pope

Artist Feature: Adnan Joubran

[vc_column][/vc_column][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] One of a Trio, one of a Kind: The oud maestro, film-maker and entrepreneur carves his own path [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Growing up as the youngest in a fourth generation family of oud makers and players, Adnan Joubran learned to respect his instrument many years before he began playing...

#2 Radio Alhara

About the mix: Collective mix by Radio Alhara founders Elias Anastas, Yousef Anastas, Saeed Abu Jaber, Yazan Khalili and Mothanna Hussein. This mix was put together for MARSM Digital. It showcases an eclectic selection of music arranged in sequences of unforeseen sonic analogies. About the mixers: Radio Alhara...

Artist Feature: Faraj Suleiman

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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...

The Dream of Shahrazad

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This film is no longer available. Our music documentary in September was 'The Dream of Shahrazad', which was available to watch for free, for all, from anywhere, from September 07 – 21. Inspired by 1001 Nights, director Francois Verster intricately weaves together strands of music, storytelling, politics and...

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...

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,...