Playlists

Playlist #27: Alhan Libiyya (Libyan Tunes)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. What images does Libya conjure in your mind and what sounds do you associate with this veiled land? Following a unique project that aimed to highlight the musical riches of this country still shrouded in war and civil...

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...

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),...

Playlist #20: Aghani Alabanat | Curated by Alsarah

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube. Arguably the most influential singular genre in Sudani pop music, "aghani albanat" "اغاني البنات" is an umbrella term that shades a variety of sub-genres and is used to describe folk music made by women and usually performed during...

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...