Playlists

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...

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...

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...

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...

Playlist #12: Jazz

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, Listen on Spotify or play below Arabic Jazz can be traced back to the 1950’s and 1960’s, when now iconic jazz musician Egyptian Salah Ragab broke from the military orchestra. Founding the legendary Cairo Jazz Band, Ragab’s seminal...

Playlist #11: Indie Rock

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, Listen on Spotify or play below Rock was adopted in the Arab world from the moment of its emergence as a genre. However, it is only in the last two decades that we see a real boom in...

Playlist #10: Gnawa

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, Listen on Spotify or play below Gnawa music, as it is known in Morocco, Diwan in Algeria and Stambeli in Tunisia is a deeply spiritual music played throughout North Africa. Two main instruments associated with this genre are...