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Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival 2016
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Curated by renowned Lebanese hip-hop pioneer Wael Kodeih aka Rayess Bek, Beirut & Beyond 2016 will take place in Beirut from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 December. Three different venues will host celebrated and yet to be discovered artists from Lebanon, the Arab region and beyond.
Youmna Saba (Lebanon)
The music of Youmna Saba has anxiety suppressing properties. This is partly due to her singing, but also because of her brilliant arrangements, where an expressive oud is accompanied by shimmering guitars and acoustics of non-musical objects. As a result, her gorgeous third solo album Njoum (2015) sounds hushed and expansive at the same time.
The album caught the attention of British cult hero Mike Cooper - known for his fusion of folk and experimental music - who has since proposed to collaborate with her. As Youmna’s work gains more recognition, we suggest that you too set aside some time to get acquainted with it. It is, after all, the most effective remedy to a hectic day in Beirut.
Tunisian multi-instrumentalist Wael Jegham lives between Tunis and Europe and works as a composer in the theater and film industries. “Hlib el Ghoula”, the first release from his fusion project Ghoula, was born as a result of Jegham’s passion for old North African vinyl records. From an early age, he would dig up records from flea markets and play various instruments (guitar, bass, gumbri, keyboards…) over the original music. Gradually he started sampling these found records and layering his own sounds in the mix, creating a new music genre in the process. Since the sampled scales, tones and dialects are often dissimilar, the end result is an eclectic patchwork, representative of North Africa’s diverse cultural heritage. Ghoula’s ultimate goal is to provide a new lease of life to this hidden musical wealth.
Often referred to as the future of alternative Moroccan music, N3rdistan is an electro-urban project rooted in Oriental inspiration. Led by the charismatic Walead Ben Selim, this quartet navigates the genres of rock, trip-hop, electro and oriental beat with surprising ease. Relying furthermore on the texts of famous freedom poets such as Mahmoud Darwish, Gibran Khalil Gibran and Nizar Qabbani, N3rdistan tweaks world music samples and sounds, questioning the meaning of digital exile and the multi-plurality of the human condition. They invent a dream space where they call upon centuries of Arabic poetry, traditional music, unusual instrumentation and electronic sounds, inciting the discovery of new musical horizons.