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Beirut & Beyond


Hello Psychaleppo! (SY)

– Beirut & Beyond
Where do you head to when your entire homeland is on fire, and the light at the end of the tunnel gets weaker with each passing day? Like many other Syrians, the 26-year-old art student Samer Saim Aldhr sought shelter from the crossfire in Aleppo. He found it in Beirut, Lebanon, the greatest safe haven for creative souls throughout the Middle East.

But, unfortunately, geographical escape isn’t always enough. Body and head may also crave for a more abstract form More >

Alsarah & the Nubatones (SD/US)

– Beirut & Beyond
Alsarah considers any type of music as three-dimensional creatures, fully composed with heads, hearts, arms, legs, memories, loads and sorrows. As is known, it really doesn’t take much more to realize that the strange really is quite familiar. This valuable insight came to the expatriate Sudanese through her work as an ethnomusicologist, which she since has brought out in full bloom with Alsarah & The Nubatones.

To make a concrete example: “Habibi Taal”, the languorous opening track from More >

WASL trio (PL/FR/CH)

– Beirut & Beyond
Kamilya Jubran has already made her claim amongst everyone interested in Middle Eastern music. A Palestinian, she has been an active musician for several years and impressed audiences with her beautiful vocals and use of the Arabic string instrument oud. Between 1982 and 2002 she was part of Sabreen, a Jerusalem-based group that evolved into a musical collective and an organisation to support and develop Palestinian musicians. Sabreen has been an important part not only of the More >