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Here is our selection of ten brilliant tracks from the hip-hop genre that we guarantee you’ll enjoy.
A group of Kurdish rappers based in Seychelles formed Tolhildan in 2010. Their songs center around the plight of the Kurdish people and lyrics are sung in a mix of Creole and Kurdish. Serhado (Serhad Ayaz) is a Kurdish rapper trying to give Kurds around the world a reason to be proud of their music.
Photo by Ghada Khunji.
+Aziz is a Kuwaiti songwriter working to integrate trends outside the entertainment industry to support his music. He has been working alongside ArteEast on a project entitled UNCOLLECTABLE. This initiative explores both sound art in contemporary Middle Eastern art as well as the role of soundscapes in Middle Eastern culture. He is currently preparing for a two-night performance in New York, watch the video below to see how you can help:
Below is a brief interview we conducted with the 29-year old musician to get a deeper understanding of his work and vision:
1. Hi +Aziz. Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
My job as a trend spotter demands that I constantly look for shifts in culture; I pay a lot of attention to trends in food, health, art, retail, automotive, technology…etc. So I want to infuse my music with cultural evolutions.
I believe that by looking beyond trends in entertainment, indie musicians will guarantee impact and change the way the industry giants engage us. This is not a new idea but I don’t think musicians generally talk this way. So for example, I see parallels between my ideas and the way Mashrou3 Leila emerged out of a music workshop populated by architecture students. Another example is Khan, an artist with a music background. His career taps Egypt’s DIY scene. So I don’t think I am the only person out there thinking this way and this gives me confidence in what I’m doing.
My goal is to give Middle Eastern indie music its rightful place by developing experiences that are more than just a concert; I am kicking off this vision with a hybrid-concert experience that combines an art gallery reception with a musical experience.
2. What is UNCOLLECTABLE about?
In terms of execution, UNCOLLECTABLE has 3 parts: an eMagazine published on ArteEast, a two-night performance (June 21 and 22), and it will conclude with an art exhibit (June 20 - July 10). I encourage you to watch the video I’ve uploaded to Indiegogo as it provides greater detail around the performance.
Philosophically, UNCOLLECTABLE is inspired by the shift in contemporary Middle Eastern art towards conceptual work (e.g. sound and performance art). This type of art consequently resists the commercial infrastructure and helps artists maintain their autonomy. Musicians can learn so much by looking to the artistic practices of performance and sound artists and my goal is to implement these learnings in a performance.
3. What is sound art exactly?
It’s simply art that has a sound component. Most sound artists don’t like this label; they prefer to be called ‘composers’ or simply ‘artist’. Many ‘sound artists’ are engaged with multimedia practices such as making video art, performing with the body, uploading audio files online, and developing installation work.
4. Can you elaborate on how you will help indie musicians in the Middle East.
Musicians should not limit themselves to producing standardized output (i.e. music videos, album art, touring, festivals). Not only do audiences expect more, but there is also more to accomplish today than ever before. I want to introduce interdisciplinary thinking into the Middle East’s music landscape and this can only be accomplished through an on-going commitment.
Harnessing inspiration and ideation from new fields will enable me to present new offerings and create a cycle of anticipation that plays with the conventions of what it means to be a musician today. If I can show someone how I collaborated with a sound artist or a chef, this suddenly opens up the possibility of collaborating with virtually any creative field. Furthermore, my content strategy and passion for writing ensures that my learnings are conveyed to a wider community.
5. What is the next step needed for the project to move forward?
Easy:my campaign is live on Indiegogo. I invite you to support me financially by pledging or share my work with your network. There are some very exciting perks I’ve listed there for my dedicated supporters.
Below is our selection of 5 great tracks from the alternative genre that we think you shouldn’t miss out on.
Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer. She brings an amazing brand new sound to Tunisian music.
Comment is an Iranian alternative/indie rock band.
Yacoub Abu Ghosh is a Jordanian composer, performer, producer and arranger who is considered one of the pioneers of alternative music in Jordan.
Za’ed Na’es is a musical project by Basel Naouri, Ammar Urabi and Amjad Shahrour that compliments change and variety in music.
Rasha Shaheen is an Egyptian singer/musician, born in Kuwait, grew up in N. Wales, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
One of the artists on Mideast Tunes was featured on Radio Netherlands Worldwide this week, Youssef Abado, where he shares the story behind his track Khalas Ma’lesh and other experiences.
Give it a listen (in Arabic) and click HERE to read the article.
This is a series done in partnership with Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
Dum Tak is a music festival for alternative Arabic bands that will take place from May 28 - June 1. Dum Tak will host 15 performances spread over a span of 5 days with bands such as:
Toot Ard (Palestine)
El Morabba3 (Jordan)
Za’ed Na’es (Jordan)
Massar Egbari (Egypt)
Fareeq El Atrash (Lebanon)
Maii Waleed (Egypt)
Zeid Hamdan (Lebanon)
Alaa Wardi and Hayajan
Wust El Balad (Egypt)
Akher Zapheer (Jordan)
Mashrou’ Leila (Lebanon)
The performances will take place at the Bisharat Golf Club in Amman.
This is the first time our friends at ArtMedium are holding this event, hoping to attract audiences and fans from across the region. All of these are incredibly talented artists, and if you’re a fan of Mideast Tunes then you’ll definitely enjoy their live performances.
Interested? Check out these posters for more info:
ArtMedium could really use your help promoting this event! If you’d like to distribute these posters, or alert your friends, or are generally looking for more information about this event, please get in touch via email@example.com
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