Shadia Mansour - Asalamo 3alaikom More...
Asfalt - Egyptian Hiphop →
Mendeel Um A7mad Art Installation
Really cool art installation in Kuwait exploring gender: Mendeel Um A7mad FYI: A “7” in Arabic text transliterated into Roman letters is a very breathy “h” sound, different from a “normal h” sound. So A7mad could also be written Ahmad.
Fareeq el Atrash →
Funky Lebanese hiphop, live instruments and beatboxing.
Wighit Nazar - Hiphop from Cairo →
http://www.shankaboot.com/ A web-serial from Lebanon about a kid, his delivery business, and his strange mix of friends and acquaintances. English subtitles are available under the “CC” in youtube. Kind of dramatic as far as the story goes, but fun. As for the language, it’s pretty natural Lebanese Arabic (not overacted like a lot of serials). They deal with some social issues...
Silence is death | الصمت هو الموت And you, if you speak you die | ...– Tahar Djaout (via darling80m)
Rayess Bek - Hip Hop Republic →
Highly recommended: Amazing remixes of old songs and new collaborations with Eben Foulen, Rabah, Tamer Nafar (DAM), EDD (Fareeq El Atrash), Malikah, RGB, DJ Lethal Skillz, and other international hip hop artists.
DJ Lethal Skillz →
Lebanese DJ, associated with Rayess Bek and co. from back in the day.
Asifeh - Iradeh EP →
The best thing you’ll get for free this month. Check out his twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/asifeh/ Enjoy the English translation of lyrics of two of the songs in the youtube descriptions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZvt4Seq1k4
Translating HipHop (.de)
Here’s a two-episode series about the Translating HipHop project by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Goethe Institut. They did an event in Beirut where various hip-hop artists met and talked about their songs and their languages (among them are two Lebanese artists, two German, one Filipino, one Colombian, and one Kenyan) and then performed a show together. Each are about 8 minutes long...
So I’m not really interested in getting very political on here, despite the extremely soul-crushing current events in Syria. But I’d also be a dang fool if I didn’t share with you this hilarious puppet-show web-serial about the protests in Syria: Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator. Each episode’s just a few minutes long. What’s particularly funny is the...
“Zeid’s Little Bomb.” Feature of a Lebanese indie band and its (in)famous guitarist.
Beirut, I Love You (I Love You Not)
http://www.beirutiloveu.com/ Here’s a Lebanese serial (with English subtitles) about some young people in Beirut that features a lot of Beiruti indie music. The artist Zeid Hamdan is even a minor character in the second season. The first season seems to have been published online only, whereas the second is airing on LBC (Lebanese Broadcasting Company channel) and obviously has a bigger...