Tuesday, April 20, 2010

OUTUNE.NET - TOP RECORDS - MASHROU3 LEILA

MASHROU3 LEILA VOTED AS TOP RECORD ON OUTUNE.NET - major music online zine

follow the link for review:



http://www.outune.net/dischi/top-records/indie-world-rock-mashrou3-leila-mashrou3-leila-2010.html


here's a translation from the author - Stefano de Noi



"Rock music, which originated in the United States and further improved in the United Kingdom, has gone the way of globalization, going round the world like the sirian barbat (the ancient instrument from which the lute, the biwa and all the modern violins and guitars are derived), and continuously adapting to the culture, history and the feelings of peoples it reached throughout its journey.
Art is freedom, and music could be considered as the highest expression of freedom among all the arts, as it is free to move, travel and evolve. Thanks to artists such as Mashrou3 Leila, music can show us how to be free by introducing us to diversity.
Mashrou3 Leila (i.e. Night Project, more or less) is just one of the pithy fruits born of different cultures, one of those precious gifts brought by globalization. Folk, rock, jazz, pop mix together with the classic Arabian music, giving birth to a flowing, unruly and deep “corpus”, rich in color and taste.
Succeeding in mixing different influences and sounds into a harmonious, easy-listening whole with a strong hold is the greatest merit of the guys from Beirut. Each song is a singable melody that makes a hit, though many-faceted, and sticks to the ears of Occidentals, not too accustomed to sonorities coming from the other shore of the Mediterranean. Don't let the melody deceive you, thinking of sweet-sounding lyrics and widespread superficiality, as the guys beat hard telling about the meanness of present-day and the horrors of the past… your only problem might be hey do it by blending Beirut slang and classical Arabic, so you will have to  trust me."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

TRIBUTE TO OMAR AL ZAANI














Omar Al Zaani (1898-1961) was a revolutionary Lebanese poet that tackled several social, political, economical, and personal issues in a very comical way. When I first read some of his work, I was surprised that it was that old, it really was fun to read!
Tonight there's a tribute to Omar Al Zaani where there will be a book with a collection of some of his works, and a CD with some of his songs (I found songs by him that I already knew but had on idea that they were his) and there will also be a concert where Ahmar Qaabour, Tania Saleh, Mounir El Khawli, and us will be taking a couple of his poems and turning them into songs. Each one of us has around 12-15minutes. I was worried at the beginning, writing music for someone else's words is not something we usually do. We had a hard time to begin with, but then we relaxed and just though of the music, and Hamed adapted the words to songs beautifully. Tonight should be good.
It's at 8pm in the UNESCO Palace. Hope see you there.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010