Playlist #37: Shubbak Festival Collaborations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. This year Shubbak Festival, the largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture in Europe, celebrates its 10 year anniversary since its foundation in 2011. Since then, MARSM has had the pleasure and honour to collaborate with...

Playlist #36: It’s All About That Beat

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. This playlist aims to focus on the pulse and passion of percussionists - in essence, the rhythm, the pulse and the heartbeat of most musical pieces, veering away from the saturated coverage of singers and giving...

Playlist #35: Freedom for Palestine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Every struggle for liberation is accompanied by music to strengthen the spirits of its people and uplift them. With the escalating and excessive violence waged by Israel on the indigenous Palestinian population, Palestinians have been taking...

Playlist #34: Ramadan Songs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. This month has been a month of fasting, reflection, and sharing joy through food with family and loved ones. As Ramadan is coming to an end, we’ve put together  a special playlist to mark the  joyful...

Playlist #33: Piano Pleasures

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Emerging from the Western classical repertoire, the piano made its first appearance in Arabic music in the early 20th century. The earliest works associated with this instrument are said to be by Sayed Darwish who used...

Playlist #32: Yemeni Music from the 80s Curated by Natik Awayez

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. This special playlist of Yemeni music is curated by singer, lyricist, musician and composer Natik Awayez and gives rare insights into the music presented. Having spent most of the 1980s in Yemen, Awayez fell under the...

Playlist #31: Songs for Mothers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Continuing this month’s female focus, this playlist is  celebrating women as mothers and creators. As the Arabic-speaking world celebrates Mother’s Day this coming Sunday 21st March, we dedicate this playlist to all women and mothers who...

Playlist #30: Female Instrumentalists from SWANA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Click here for the full playlist on YouTube and Spotify. To mark International Women's Day this year, we are showcasing women from South West Asia and North Africa as composers, performers and instrumentalists. Diverging from the mainstream, we delve into the less seen and less heard...

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...