Category Archives: Music

Zaffatleh El Tari2, He Gets My Vote

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Michelle & Noel Keserwany, the sisters behind the hilarious “Jagal el Usek” and “Panique Bil Parlement” video clips just released a new song called “Zaffatleh El Tarik”.

The song is spot on and right on time before the elections that should take place (hopefully) this year. I hope Lebanese will listen carefully to the lyrics and hold their Zaiims and MPs accountable this year for the disastrous situation we are in right now.

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Fairouz Greets Lebanon On New Year With Bizzare Video

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I think this is the first time ever that Fairouz shows in a public video wishing the Lebanese a Happy New Year. I love how her voice, one of the most beautiful voices in the World, is still the same but the video is low quality and a bit weird to be honest which is surprising. What’s with the dark setup and candles, the thunder sounds and the creepy look at the end?

The video was posted on Reema Rahbany, Fairouz’s daughter, on her Facebook page. I saw it on MTV yesterday but can’t find the video anymore for some reason. I found another one on YouTube though.

In all cases, I’ve listened to it like 10 times already just because it’s Fairouz so enjoy it!

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Did You Like Mashrou3 Leila’s New Album?

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I was never really a Mashrou3 Leila fan but I always appreciated and encouraged their satirical and daring take on problems associated with life in Beirut, mainly sex and gay rights.

Mashrou’ Leila is out there trying to change the Arab pop music and they are definitely succeeding in doing so. Their performances are always highly praised, their concerts are always sold out and the most recent album release at the Barbican Center in London was a major success. In fact, and I’m quoting The Guardian here, “It was such an impressive performance that stadiums seem not only possible but imminent”.

ibn el leil#‎ibnelleil‬ was now #1 on the iTunes store in the Middle East ahead of Adele’s Hello.

I wasn’t there to judge their performance and I’m probably not qualified to do so but I listened to the album during the weekend and didn’t like it at all. In fact, I barely liked anything past their early album and I can’t understand a word Hamed says in his recent songs which is very annoying to be honest. In one of the recent songs, I couldn’t even tell if they were singing in Arabic or not. Moreover, I couldn’t even finish the Djin song which was #1 last week ahead of Adele’s Hello!

Of course I’m not writing that to criticize their success. I’m very proud and we should all be of a Lebanese band touring the world and impressing everyone but I just want to see if I’m the only one who finds their recent songs annoying? Am I missing something? Are you guys able to understand what he’s saying? How can some people find the album so brilliant yet I can barely finish a song?

All in all, Mashrou3 Leila is definitely one of the most successful (and controversial) indie pop bands in the Middle East, they are breaking a lot of taboos in our society and elsewhere, their politicized lyrics are powerful and are helping in promoting gay rights and fighting homophobia in the region among other things but I just can’t stand the music lol!

You can buy their new album [here] and I wish them the best of luck!

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Raksit Leila is still my favorite song till now:

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ASHEKMAN Gift Snoop Dogg An Arabic Calligraffiti Portrait

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Lebanese street artists and ASHEKMAN founders Omar and Mohamed Kabbani gifted American rapper Snoop Dogg a calligraffiti portrait. The portrait was handed to the West-coast rapper by DJ BASE and will be hung in Snoop Dogg’s main studio in Los Angeles!

ASHEKMAN brothers have been covering Beirut’s walls with amazing graffiti murals since 2001, have come up with a couple of awesome Arabic rap songs and started their own urban fashion line few years ago. They are among the most talented street artists in the region and it’s pretty cool to see their work displayed in Snoop Dogg’s offices in LA.

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KOHAR: Celebrating Armenian Heritage Through An Outstanding & Magical Performance

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I’m sure you’ve all noticed how the Forum de Beyrouth was beautifully lit up and transformed in the past few weeks to accommodate KOHAR’s performances. KOHAR originally started as an independent musical and cultural institution by Lebanese-Armenian, Harout Khatchadourian, also known as The Armenian culture patron, and grew to become “an important cornerstone in the unique musical rendition of Armenian alphabet and culture”. KOHAR is famous for its recordings of All Time Armenian Favorites and for their visually and acoustically appealing concerts.

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I’m not very familiar with Armenian culture to be honest (except for the food part), and I wasn’t really sure that I would enjoy listening to Armenian songs for 2 hours especially that I don’t understand the language, but a friend of mine got me tickets and insisted that I should attend and that I would love the show and she was absolutely right!

To begin with, I don’t remember the last time I attended an event as organized as this one. I left home early expecting traffic before the Forum De Beyrouth but there were none and we easily went in and parked. Everyone was seated on time, doors were closed at 8:30 as stated on the tickets and the show kicked off right on time. Moreover, the 15-min intermission didn’t last an hour like most concerts in Lebanon and people went back to their seats on time.

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Moving on to the concert, the setup was magical, the performances were outstanding, songs were presented with an amazing choreography and visual effects (3D Projections) and there was a great attention to details! Throughout two hours, 165 musicians, 16 solo performers and 15 dancers entertained an enchanted crowd and kept us asking for more. The whole experience was truly one of a kind and is highly recommended for any music lover and you definitely don’t need to understand Armenian to enjoy the show.

The only part where I felt a bit weird was when we were all handed flags of The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia and everyone stood and started singing and waving. I obviously couldn’t relate to the song or that part of Armenia’s history, but I did stand up and waved as well 🙂

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All in all, the story behind KOHAR is beautiful and inspiring and the concerts perfectly reflect the devotion and passion of the people behind it. The performances are over this year but I will make sure to spread the word and encourage everyone to go watch KOHAR next year.

KOHAR was founded in 1997 as an independent musical and cultural institution by the Armenian culture patron, Harout Khatchadourian of Lebanon, who along with his brothers, Shahe and Nar Khatchadourian, entirely sustain the activities of KOHAR and all its concerts in tribute to their parents; in memory of their late father Aram and in Honor of their mother KOHAR.

Here are few pictures and a couple of short videos from the show:

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