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I was never a big fan of Ziad Rahbani. I never liked his plays, his jokes or his views. Some of his songs are ok, specially the ones with Joseph Sakr but that’s about it. He said he’s leaving Lebanon for good but I doubt that Ziad is capable of committing to anything as he wasn’t even showing up to his own concerts lately.
PS: Someone should tell Ziad Russia is no longer communist.
Ziad Rahbani, one of Lebanon’s most talented and controversial musical figures, says he will be leaving his country for good and move to Russia where he will join Russia Today (RT) TV. Rahbani made the announcement during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV Tuesday and said his departure to Russia would be at the end of the month. Rahbani rejected labeling the move as “immigration,” describing it instead as an opportunity not to be missed in terms of joining RT, where he said he would continue to focus on music in a place he said shared his “political views.” The musician said his presence at RT would benefit Lebanon as he would be working with a global media platform that is translated into multiple languages. [Link]
Here’s his last interview with Al Jadeed.
I didn’t notice it the first time but one of my friends had posted a screenshot so I went through the video one more time to spot the flag. I know a lot of Lebanese who attended Tomorrowland so it’s no surprise to see the flag there. I was thinking of attending Tomorrowland next year in Belgium but I’d rather go watch the Spa-Francorchamps F1 GP.
I would have loved such a surprise at my wedding (less dancing for me lol!). Nice one Jad!
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You all remember the video of the Lebanese Pianist that went viral after he played Beethoven’s Fur Elise in 4 Different Styles at the Prague Airport. Well he’s back in Beirut this time and has decided to play the Game Of Thrones Soundtrack in Different Tastes.
Great job Maan and keep spreading this positive energy through music!
PS: His original video got over 12 million views on YouTube so far.
Wickerpark kicked off in 2011 and has been attracting more and more people every year. The festival has hosted over 30 artists and gathered over 5000 people over the past 4 years. Its aim is to promote local talent and create environmental awareness. The lineup for this year include:
– Mashrou’ Leila
– Scrambled Eggs
– How Sad
– Youmna Saba
– Charlie Rayne
– Flum Project
– Z the people & Al Jihaz
Tickets are for $20. For more info, check their website [Here].
Tarek was born and raised in Beirut and is an award winning composer and a self-taught jazz pianist. He has performed all over the world, was invited to be among the 32 musicians from 13 countries to perform in the inaugural of the “International Jazz Day” held at the UN headquarters in New York and founded, organized & produced a unique initiative called “Beirut Speaks Jazz” which aims to promote jazz in Lebanon by igniting adventurous collaborations between artists from the worlds of rock, pop, tarab, rap, blues and alternative over the foundations of jazz. [TarekYamani]
For all Jazz lovers, check out this recent article on Tarek’s latest album Lisan el Tarak, where he merged Afro American Jazz with Arabic rhythms, and listen to the tracks [Here].
With him, Tarek brought his Arabic musical heritage to the United States. Arabic rhythms like the Dabke or the Sama’i. Treasures from the Great Arabic Songbook called Muwashahat. And most importantly Tarab, a basic concept of the Arab musical world, meant to induce trance and ecstasy in the musicians and the audience alike, particularly in live performances. It was in New York where it all merged: the Afro American Jazz and the Arabic music. It was in New York where Tarek refined his own brand of music, the Afro Tarab. It was in New York where Lisan al Tarab was recorded.
New Dabke, finally, is Tarek Yamani’s own composition. It features a pearling piano that culminates in the true essence of Tarab, the “let go”. There is ecstasy, there is trance, and one would hope that this song goes on for hours, until a full transcendence of the mind is reached, until all self-control has vanished.
Lisan al Tarab is the perfect expression for what Tarek is doing. It is a play on words with Lisan al Arab, the most comprehensive dictionary of the Arabic language that Ibn Manzur had completed in 1290. Tarek Yamani clearly acts in the tradition of Ibn Manzur. Where the elder explained and interpreted classical Arabic words, the younger has produced an audio book on reinterpreting Tarab. Differently said: this is Jazz with a Lebanese accent.
Sundays at Skybar are proving to be a huge success and HVOB are coming back for the 3rd time to set the perfect mood for a Sunday evening! I’ve already booked my seats and I am hoping I can make it this time since the past weekends have been crazy.
Maan Hamadeh was waiting for his flight at the Prague Airport, so he found a public piano and decided to play 12 different styles of “Fur Elise” and the Titanic theme song. It’s pretty fun video and it has gone viral which is pretty cool!
Picture taken by Ralph Haddad
I was never a big fan of Mashrou’ Leila and I got really pissed off when they cancelled their opening act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I totally condemn the attempts to stop the band from performing in Zouk Mikael and the disrespectful comments that emerged in the past few days. I have no idea who Fouad el Adem is, but neither him nor anyone have the right to stop the band from performing because their lead singer is homosexual. If they don’t like the band, they can easily stay home and boycott the event, but there’s no need to spread hate and spoil the town’s festival.
The posts that emerged are quite shameful and even though the first post was apparently deleted, and Adem clarified today that he never intended to block any roads or do any demonstrations to stop the band from performing, that didn’t stop him from making a very lame gay joke. I don’t even know where to start with these comments. All I have to say is that Mashrou3 Leila is a band and that music is an art that is appreciated for what it is, not based on the artist’s sexual orientation.
We need people in charge to fight homophobia not encourage it, and the only way our society will evolve is by accepting each other. On a last note, and since most of those who are against the band referred to the Church and to religious terms to attack the organizers and Mashrou3 Leila, I ask them to read what Pope Francis said about LGBT and how the Church must accept them with respect and compassion.
This being said, I am going now to buy tickets for the Mashrou’ Leila act if they are still available and attend tomorrow and I am sure the Zouk Roman amphitheater will be packed and the Light FM 25 Years concert will be a complete success!
See you all there!
PS: You can buy the tickets [Here].