Back when Johnny Hallyday’s Beirut Concert Got Cancelled Over The “Twist” Dance

Since the hot topic has been censorship in the past few weeks in Lebanon, I thought I feature this article on how Kamal Jumblatt, who served in the early 1960s as Lebanon's Interior Minister, decided to cancel Johnny Halliday because he didn't approve of his twist dance. Beirut was witnessing its golden years back then, the twist dance was trending and Hallyday was flying to Lebanon to deliver three performances on the 11th, 12th and…

Dutch Metal Band “Within Temptation” Cancels Byblos Gig

After Byblos Festival decided to cancel Mashrou' Leila's concert "to prevent bloodshed and maintain peace and security", Dutch metal band Within Temptation issued a statement today announcing that they're cancelling their concert in Byblos as well "in solidarity with Mashrou' Leila and in support of tolerance, freedom of speech and expression". They also added that the Lebanese authorities were not able to provide artists with the security to perform in peace. Shame on every person…
Critiques

Mashrou’ Leila (مشروع ليلى ) Cleared By Judge Ghada Aoun, Concert Still On Schedule

6 months ago
Update: Byblos Festival cancelled the concert for security reasons. After a week of hysterical hate and conspiracy-filled campaigns against Mashrou’ Leila, and after being interrogated by the authorities and meeting with religious bodies, Judge Ghada ...
Critiques

Mohammad Iskandar Ordered to Remove “Iskan Bank” From Song

6 months ago
After what’s been happening with Mashrou3 Leila, I first thought this news of censoring a Mohammad Iskandar song was made up by a satire website but it turned out to be true. Apparently, the song ...
Lebanon

Mashrou’ Leila Under pressure to Cancel Byblos International Festival Gig

6 months ago
A Facebook page by the name of “جُنود الرَّب” (God’s soldiers) has been unleashing since July 17 a series of posts to its 5.5K followers condemning Mashrou’ Leila’s sexual/religious ideologies, performances and lyrics. This comes ...
Fun

Cheesy Song to Promote Tourism in Lebanon

6 months ago
I like the idea behind this video clip to include politicians and artists and it’s nicely shot (even though the majority of scenes are taken from past events) but can the lyrics get cheesier than ...
Baladi

Broken Wings: A Musical Adaption of Gibran Khalil Gibran’s 1912 Masterpiece

6 months ago
Gibran Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece “Broken Wings”, a story laden with Gibran’s views on morality, love, marriage, children, pain and loss, has been turned into a musical that premiered at the Theater Royal Haymarket, London, in ...
Critiques

Marcel Khalife Refuses to Perform National Anthem at Baalbeck Festival Opening Night

7 months ago
Acclaimed singer & composer Marcel Khalife refused to perform the Lebanese National Anthem, as is the tradition, on the opening night of the Baalbeck International Festival. Khalife said (quoting AlJaras) “I won’t be performing the ...
Lebanon

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Arabic Version)

7 months ago
“Wish you were here” is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. It was originally written for Syd Barrett, who founded the band but had to quit due to mental illness before achieving their huge ...
Baladi

Lila TV: Your Favorite Childhood Lebanese Songs in Beautifully Animated Videos

7 months ago
I’m sure you all remember childhood songs such as “Tiri Tiri ya 3asfoura”, “3andi Bissi esma Sissi”, “3ammi Bou Massoud”, “Fi 3enna Shajra”, “Yalla N3ammir”, “3eedik ya Mama” and many more. Well the people behind ...
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