Sunday, January 24, 2010

deleted. unnecessary slamming. true. thanks. i still dont think it's anyone business what identities people take on. 
as a matter of fact the only positive reinforcement we've had towards gay identities in regional media was carole samaha. sponsored by pepsi. and this other chick who pulled a pierre et gilles skit in her video. its not called a monopoly unless someone else is willing to cater to it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Funk, Byblos, Studio El Fann, & "what did she say?"

I am writing my thesis but i want to be writing music,
because "thesis" sucks.

We are gonna play Byblos in July (Carl's childhood dream).
mine was to play in "studio el fann." (I know, Carl's is cooler).

Firas and I have been using an alternative to "that's what she said."
We now say: "what did she say?"
Please not the phrase was originally developed by Joe.

The summer of 2010 is going to be epic.


DAMASCUS TIME - animation by Salam al Hassan

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jews and Palestinians, Israeli citizens
January 4, 2010

Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You`ll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You

(`ג€¦And Justice for All`, Metallica)

Dear Metallica,

Now that the opportunity to truly promote justice for all is in your hands ג€“ will you let the money do the talking, or will you advance change?

We are Jews and Palestinians, Israeli citizens, who enjoy your music and respect your ideas about justice. Due to the prolonged Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people; and, in the hope of contributing to the growing effort to pressure Israel and its privileged Jewish citizens to comply with universal human rights and principles - we write to you today, urging you to postpone indefinitely your planned gig in Israel.

After Israel`s brutal military attack on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 and in light of the years-long siege on Gaza, the Palestinian-initiated global BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) movement has gained world-wide recognition and increasing support. Artists, from musicians to filmmakers, academics, authors as well as various organizations and groups have said NO to the violation and attack on Palestinians` basic human rights and necessities by joining the call for BDS.

It could not be clearer today that staying neutral in the face of the ruthless, criminal oppression of the Palestinians, is not an option. Performing in Israel sends a message of normalization to the racist, violent and unjust Israeli regime, that has been rightfully described by many as apartheid.

The Israeli apartheid is favoring Jews over all Palestinians, including those who are Palestinian citizens and residents of Israel. Palestinians inside Israel`s pre-1967 borders are continually excluded and discriminated in every aspect of social life, such as land ownership, housing, education, health, citizenship eligibility and the legal system.

Throughout Palestine\Israel and in the Diaspora, millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants are still blocked from returning to their homes, or even homeland, and refused compensation for the enormous loss inflicted upon them by Israel. Most of the Palestinians are stateless and many live in refugee camps.

The reluctance of most of the worldג€™s governments to truly pressure Israel continues to embolden successive Israeli governments to commit more violent acts and violate numerous international laws. It is up to us, citizens of the world, to lead the struggle against Israeli crimes and atrocities. Dissociating ourselves from Israelג€™s oppressive policies is a non-violent way to avoid becoming complicit in the killing, wounding, maiming, and robbing of Palestinians, and to object to it.

Unfortunately, for the majority of Israelis to recognize Palestinian rights, a fundamental shift in Israeli mentality is required. After years of attempts to change the minds and hearts of the Israeli public, we believe that this change can now only be achieved through substantial external pressure. We see, as time passes, our society becoming more and more callous, institutionally racist and economically oppressive towards the Palestinians.

Given your longstanding, vocal commitment to ideas of true justice for all, we cannot envision you cooperating with continued Israeli defiance of justice and morality and playing a part in the Israeli charade of self-righteousness. The least one can do in such a situation is to avoid indifference and a ג€œbusiness as usualג€ attitude. We appeal to you to add your voice to those brave people, the world over, who boycott Israel, such as musicians Roger Waters and John Williams. We urge you to postpone indefinitely your planned gig in Israel and say no to apartheid until there is freedom and justice here.

Rock on!

Noa Abend
Nitzan Aviv
Yoram Bar-Haim
Ronnie Barkan
Dalit Baum
Eitan Bronstein
Adi Dagan
Hamutal Erato
Rachel Giora
Iris Hefets
Yael Lerer
Edo Medicks
Ofer Neiman
David Nir
Jonathan Pollak
Emily Schaeffer
Ayala Shani
Tal Shapira
Yonatan Shapira
Yana Ziferblat

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Nameless Piece

I worked on this piece for some time as a class project. I am not exactly sure what to do with it so i thought i'd put it up here to see people's reactions. The sound quality isn't so awesome but the idea is there.

Any feedback would be great... I cant seem to decide on a name for it. What color would you associate with the sound?

PS: listen to it really loud with headphones!!!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


tell your mother, tell your sister, tell your brother, tell your father, tell your friend, tell your uncle, tell your butcher, tell your bus driver, tell your mechanic, tell your lover, tell your cobbler, tell your bookseller, tell your grandparents, tell your hairdresser, tell your manager, tell your facebook friends,tell your children, tell your doctor, tell your dekkanje, tell your carpenter, tell your cat, tell your audience, tell your readers, tell your third-degree cousin, tell your sheperd, tell your bricklayer, tell your ex, tell your accountant, tell your farmer, tell you neighbour, tell your teacher, tell...

when i say mind blowing - i don't mean avatar

wow - watch it - everything is animated - wow

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

let me tell you a secret

let me tell you a secret -

five or six years ago - in the department of architecture and design at aub, i found a small invitation posted on one of the walls - amongst 100 others - and i took it - without telling anyone - except raafat - and omaya.
it's not stealing - i just didn't want other people to see it. NO, it's not selfishness - i just didn't want other people to see it - i didn't want other people to come - i didn't know if there would be enough space.
we kept it a secret - no one found out about it from the department - no one showed up that night from our department. it was great.
we enjoyed all of it - with the rest of the 200 people who was there - not from the department -
NO - we weren't selfish -
it was a free concert by toufic farroukh at masrah al madina. FREE - we had to keep it a secret.
yesterday - i found this video on youtube, so i wanted to share.  it's nothing compared to that concert - but still free to watch - and yasmine shines in it -

i'm at work - i think i will get fired one day for doing this -


Monday, January 11, 2010


photos by Tanya Traboulsi

I've changed my mind about a two-state solution - by Mehdi Hasan, Thursday 31 December 2009 12.30 GMT
Article history

Israel's Palestinian settlements are now too extensive to make division of the land practical. Instead, it must be shared.
OK, I admit it. I was wrong. How could I have bought into all that idealistic nonsense at the start of the decade, about the prospects for Middle East peace? Why did I foolishly assume that Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat had shattered taboos at Camp David in the summer of 2000? And why did I want so desperately to believe the two sides when they claimed, at Taba, in January 2001, that "significant progress had been made" and they had "never been closer to agreement"?

Perhaps the heady optimism of the 90s had seduced me. That was the decade of hope; of the Madrid conference, the Oslo accords and the historic handshake on the White House lawn. During his first stint as Israeli prime minister in the late 90s, even uber-hawk Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to territorial withdrawals at the Wye River summit.

That was then, this is now. Palestinians and Israelis remain locked in conflict. Netanyahu has returned to office, 10 years on, speaking only of a demilitarised Palestinian state and refusing even to consider allowing East Jerusalem as its capital. His far-right foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, who lives in an illegal West Bank settlement, has long been opposed to meaningful peace talks with the Palestinians. A decade that began with Bill Clinton bringing together Arafat and Barak to attempt to conclude the Oslo process, at Camp David, has ended with Barack Obama unable to persuade the government of Netanyahu and Lieberman to agree to a partial settlement freeze. On Monday, the Israeli housing ministry announced plans to build nearly 700 new apartments in occupied East Jerusalem.

It is time to acknowledge that the peace process, as we know it, is dead. There is no longer a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Why? Because, as Virginia Tulley wrote in the London Review of Books, "the conditions for an independent Palestinian state have been killed off by the inexorable and irreversible advance of the settlements". Or, to borrow an analogy from Palestinian lawyer Michael Tarazi: "It's like you and I are negotiating over a piece of pizza. How much of the pizza do I get? And how much do you get? And while we are negotiating it, you are eating it."

Consider the facts. According to Peace Now, there are 120 illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, with a settler population estimated at around 300,000. Some 200,000 Israelis live beyond the Green Line in occupied East Jerusalem – almost the same number as Palestinians allowed to reside within the city. The UN's office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) has calculated that settler numbers continue to grow at a rate of 5.5% a year – which is the equivalent of adding one a half bus-loads of new settlers each day to the 500,000 already living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. On current trends, says the UN, the settler population is likely to double to nearly a million in the next decade.

Throw in Israel's infamous "facts on the ground" – the roads, barriers, checkpoints, buffer zones and military bases – and the settlement project takes up almost 40% of West Bank land. The past 10 years have seen the territory further fragmented, by Israeli soldiers and settlers, into a series of isolated enclaves, with Palestinian communities scattered around the West Bank, disconnected from one another and from the outside world. So, one has to wonder, what will emerge from any future negotiations? A Palestinian state or a bantustan? It is difficult to disagree with the verdict of the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, that settlement expansion is "the single biggest impediment to realising a viable Palestinian state with territorial contiguity".

Confronted by half a million settlers living on the territory of a future Palestinian state – one of whom includes Israel's own foreign minister – and another half a million on the way, I can no longer support an illusory two-state solution: on pragmatic, if not principled, grounds. The two peoples are so enmeshed and intermingled that I now believe the land can no longer be divided, it must be shared. The egg cannot be unscrambled.

In November, the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat – a veteran of Madrid and Oslo – startled reporters in Ramallah when he too confessed it may be time for President Mahmoud Abbas to "tell his people the truth, that with the continuation of settlement activities, the two-state solution is no longer an option". The alternative left for Palestinians was to "refocus their attention on the one-state solution where Muslims, Christians and Jews can live as equals." Erekat added: "This is the moment of truth for us."

The truth is that the dream of "two states for two peoples", born in the 90s, died in the noughties. The two-state solution, the popular and principled option for so long now, is neither practical nor possible. In the words of Israeli academic Jeff Halper, "Israel by its own hand has rendered a viable two-state solution impossible." Its time has passed. So the moment has come, as we enter the teenies, to forget the idea of a Palestinian state existing side by side with a Jewish state, and to argue and agitate instead for the only remaining, viable and democratic option: a single, secular and binational state for Israelis and Palestinians. No longer "two states for two peoples", but "one person, one vote".

Saturday, January 2, 2010

[Bayrūt] Machrou3 Leila par Nasri N.Sayegh (Elle Oriental Decembre 2009)


Le samedi 19 décembre sort le tout premier opus de l’inclassable et désormais incontournable groupe libanais Machrou3 Leila. Underground, Upperground, le public est conquis. Le succès d’une musique inventive et généreuse.
Quand la musique se fait poème, la ville est réinventée.

Avis à la population: Nouveau projet à Beyrouth! Il ne s’agit pas de la construction d’un énième immeuble ou d’un caresse le ciel. Il ne s’agit pas non plus d’une boite commerciale ou d’un centre de nuit. Ni d’un projet de destruction de jardin. Il s’agit de redessiner le plan de la ville. Réécrire la ville avec pour seul instrument la musique. District concerné : la tête de Beyrouth plus connu sous le nom de Rass Bayrūt. Le projet s’intitule Leila. Machou3 Leila. Maîtres d’œuvre : Omaya Malaeb, Haig Papazian, Hamed Sinno, Ibrahim Badr, Carl Gerges, Andre Chedid, Firas Abou Fakher. Dessinateurs designers architectes diplômés ou encore en formation à l’AUB leur passion est commune et surtout musicale.
Au total, ils sont 7. 7 fous. Des fous d’amour. La belle folie !
Machrou3 Leila se propose de retracer les plans du quartier. Dès lors, les lignes de la ville se font portée, le cadastre devient solfège et les impasses partitions. Les silences se faufilent entre les portiques et les beyrouthins s’improvisent personnages de comédies musicales.
La cartographie musicale réinvente la cité. Révolu le temps des rues droites et des angles parallèles, les notes se posent une à une dans le pli des pavés.

En 12 titres, Machrou3 Leila raconte les petites histoires de la ville. La danse de Leila, Zotrine ou encore 3al Saket, les titres défilent et les mélodies s’enjouent, intelligentes, effrontées parfois. Bayrut se peuple de nouveaux habitants. Au détour d’une note bleue, on reconnaît Goran Bregovic, Abdel Wahab, Feirouz, Vivaldi, Les Ritas Mitsouko ou encore Serge Gainsbourg. Un univers pluriel, inclassable. Ces amoureux de pop libanaise conjuguent tout autant Ella Fitzerald et Oum Kalhtoum que Haïfa Wehbé et Björk. Chem el Yasmine est un chant d’amours masculines. Une ode à la tolérance, à l’amour de la différence. « Ne m’oublie pas mon amour » susurre Hamed. Un Habibi comme rarement prononcé et qui semble tout droit jailli des langueurs de Billie Holiday. Dans 3arouss (Mariée) un jeune homme veut présenter sa promise à sa mère. Une promise qui s’avère être un promis. Un amour, dit la chanson, qui couronne les cœurs comme une prière. Une prière à déposer délicatement dans la paume de votre oreille ou dans le creux de la main…

Epilogue. Rue Makhoul. Intérieur. Nuit.
Si bémol et fa dièse accoudés au comptoir d’un bar. Bière à portée de note et volute de fumée en guise de mélodie. Un projet semble en cours. Une croche ? Bémol rougit et Dièse murmure un silence en guise de baiser. La noire et la blanche ne font plus qu’un long temps. Par pudeur, je détourne le regard et regagne la rue. Il fait décembre. La chaussée est glissante. Je trébuche sur une clé, de do. La belle chute! La nuit m’observe et Leila sourit.

Nasri N.Sayegh