Articles

Artist Feature: DJ Sotusura

[vc_column][/vc_column][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Confessions of a Record Digger [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Producer, DJ and record collector Hicham Ibrahim (aka DJ Sotusura) has been a key figure in the growth of hip-hop in the Middle East. Performing with the pioneers of Arabic rap and welcoming international artists to the region, Sotusura has dedicated...

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...

Artist Feature: Shkoon

[vc_column][/vc_column][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Since 2016, Syrian-German duo Shkoon have made a thrilling entrance into the electronic music scene from their base in Hamburg, Germany. Their ethereal sound, a combination of electronic downtempo and classical Arabic melodies, has developed quickly and their shows regularly sell out from Beirut to...

Artist Feature: Dina El Wedidi

[vc_column][/vc_column][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Singer, composer, producer and daf player from Egypt, Dina El Wedidi has gained a prominent following with her ‘new Arab folk’. With a background in traditional theatre, her unique sound combines Egyptian storytelling and folklore with shades of rock, indie, electronica and classical music. Keen...

Artist Feature: Ghoula

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A digital homage to Tunisia’s musical heritage   Wael Jegham is a self-taught producer, musician, composer and performer. Known by most audiences as Ghoula (Arabic for ‘monster’), the name of his flagship project, Wael makes music that delves deep into Tunisia’s history, one sample at a time....

Artist Feature: Maysa Daw

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Taking off with the firebrand: all-star collaborations and the glory of deadlines One of the most remarkable figures to have emerged from Haifa’s indie music scene in recent times, Maysa Daw is a versatile musician with unswerving talent. As well as her solo work and the...

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...

Artist Feature: Felukah

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Soliloquies of pride and versatility: Felukah on finding her space and shaping her citadels I grew up in a context where the plural is the focus, feed the people, treated equal, plus we revolution locusts. I don't take much to notice this mishap of history, I was born in...

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,...