Playlists

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...

Playlist #9: Songs in the Time of Corona

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, or play below As the lockdown is being eased, we thought we’d visit some of the brilliant musical adaptations made by artists under lockdown in the Arabic-speaking world.  In many of these songs, musicians used their creative energy to...

Playlist #8: Tarab

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, or play below The sublime and enchanting melodies of Tarab are a favourite genre among the young and old. Tarab is an emotionally charged musical performance that elicits ecstasy in the ears of listeners and evokes a multitude...

Playlist #7: Pop

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, or play below This Friday we present to you: a mashup of some of our favourite Arabic pop, from the most popular classics to cheesy old-school gems.  For anyone who has ever been to a proper arabic party...

Playlist #6: Hip Hop

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, or play below This week, we aim to highlight the artists that are shaping the regional musical landscape through the powerful medium of rap, hip-hop, rhyme and social commentary. Inspired by the hip-hop scene in America and the rich...

Playlist #5: North African Producers

Click here for the full playlist on YouTube, or play below North Africa is known for its rich musical heritage that is undergoing an electronic renewal of its heritage sounds. This playlist has handpicked gems from the most renowned to the most groundbreaking finds in the...