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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...

#3 Basma

About the mix: This mix features popular and folk music from around Sudan, with sounds from Halfa, Kassala, Blue Nile, Darfur and Khartoum. About the mixers: Basma is of Nubian Sudanese descent and is based in London. She hosts the Khartoum Arrivals show on NTS Radio where she...

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...

#2 Radio Alhara

About the mix: Collective mix by Radio Alhara founders Elias Anastas, Yousef Anastas, Saeed Abu Jaber, Yazan Khalili and Mothanna Hussein. This mix was put together for MARSM Digital. It showcases an eclectic selection of music arranged in sequences of unforeseen sonic analogies. About the mixers: Radio Alhara...

#1 Mahraganat Madness by Phil Battiekh

About the mix: Mahraganat is electric folk music that emerged in the neighbourhoods Salam City and Matareya of Cairo and its popularity spread like wildfire throughout the Arabic speaking world. Sometimes dubbed “electro-shaabi”, Mahraganat itself means “festivals” in Arabic and the music is characterized by booming...