Showing posts with label مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila. Show all posts
Showing posts with label مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My CD Review: Mashrou' Leila - Raasuk "رقّصوك"



The much anticipated third CD by the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila is an instant masterpiece that solidifies the band's standing as the Arab world's leading indie/alternative musical artists. This CD combines the distinct sound of the violin with different rhythms and instruments while showcasing the powerful vocals of lead singer Hamed Sinno. The lyrics in Arabic are as poetic as they are contemporary. Tracks melt into each other like inter-connected chapters within a literary epic.

1. Prologue (1:21) Instrumental piece featuring Swiss/French trumpeter Erik Truffaz that eloquently and elegantly sets up our musical journey through the tracks that will follow.
**2. Abdo (3:18) is a popular, folkloric, fictional name in Arabic that is equivalent to "Joe Shmoe" in American English. Here our 'aging counter-hero' is in love with a widow who won't return his affections, leading to Abdo's heartbreak--a story that is accentuated by the song's deliberately melodramatic violin strings and music that stays with the listener long after the song--and Abdo--are gone..
3. Ala Babu (4:37) [At His Door] Sultry tune, a plea by a rejected lover in which he is willing to demean himself for love.
4. Taxi (2:45) Upbeat tune that sounds like Polish or Russian music mixed with various genres and contrasted by powerful lyrics in which the taxi ride is equated with one's doomed life journey..
5. Skandar Maalouf (4:01) Vocals in this song sound like Mika if he were to sing in Arabic. Song showcases Sinno's vocal ability to carry a song in upper registers. Just who is Skander Maalouf? Speculations abound.
**6. Lil Watan (3:36) [For the Homeland] Strongest track on this CD, mid tempo, addressing patriotism, nationalistic slogans and conspiracy theories.
7. Bishuf (4:34) [He Sees] Slow, rhythmic beats that sound like a funeral procession. Lyrics about depression, consciousness, sadness and resignation. Haig Papazian's violin is haunting.
**8. Ma Tetrikni Heik (2:26) [Don't Leave Me Like This] The Lebanese version of Jacques Brel's ‘Ne me quitte pas' with organ music and Sinno's vocals crying out in pain and desperation. Sounds almost like a Church prayer or lamentation.
9. Raasuk (4:02) [They Made You Dance] Title track begins with a grave tone but picks up as song progresses. Like track #6, this song talks about notions of nationalism and choosing to 'dance' like a puppet.
10.Wa Nueid (5:06) [Ad Nauseam] Redundant clapping sounds define this track which emphasizes individual choices and capabilities. Less pessimistic than tracks 6 and 9.
11.Bahr (3:27) [Sea] Epic-like track showcases breathtaking trumpet playing by Erik Truffaz with lyrics that lament the death of a brother who has disappeared into the sea. A plea for the sea to return him.
** My faves (2, 6, 8)

Recent Reviews of this CD/Band:
Review in Arabic from Ma3azef.com: http://www.ma3azef.com/node/183
Review in English from Ahram.org: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/80793.aspx
The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2013/09/music-arab-world


Sample Tracks from 'Raasuk' CD:

'Abdo'


'Lil Watan'


'Ma Tetrikni Heik'


Sample Tracks from Mashrou' Leila's second CD 'El Hal Romancy':

'El Hal Romancy'


'Im El Jacket'


Sample Tracks from Mashrou' Leila's self-titled first CD:

'Fasateen'


'Arous'


Mashrou' Leila Video Clips:






Mashrou' Leila Live in Concert:








TV reports/interviews about Mashrou' Leila:

TV Report in English:


TV Interview in Arabic:


TV appearance on Bassem Youssef's Elbernameg - البرنامج TV Show:




Exclusive Pictures of Mashrou' Leila Performing in Beirut (2011)







My interview with Mashrou' Leila band member Omaya Malaeb (2011):










My interview with Mashrou' Leila band member Hamed Sinno (2011):








More Info about Mashrou' Leila:
Official Website: http://mashrou3leila.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mashrou3leila
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mashrou3Leila




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Message from Mashrou' Leila in Support of their upcoming album 'Raasuk'


The following is taken from To support Mashrou' Leila: http://www.zoomaal.com/projects/mashr...
Raasuk: You've Been Choreographed.  For arabic version of the text, please go to
http://www.zoomaal.com/projects/mashr...

MESSAGE FROM THE BAND:  http://youtu.be/WU2caaG4CBU



We are Mashrou' Leila, a Beirut-based indie band. You can check out some of our music on www.mashrou3leila.com.

We got together back in 2008, and we've managed to make it through the last 5 years, getting more and more involved and obsessive about our craft, because of the continued support of our friends, fans, and supporters.

We spent the last two years meticulously writing our third album. That's the longest time we've spent writing, because we wanted to create something superior to anything we've released before. While writing, we gigged all over, trying to raise funds for the recording. Then when we finally hit our budget, we flew all the way to Montreal, to record the album in one of the best studios in the world.

And we think it sounds amazing.

The album is about everything: love, lust, mourning, social control, Lebanese politics, the Arab spring, and most importantly, dancing. We challenged ourselves musically and lyrically to try to get out of our genre. We recorded in optimal conditions, and rearranged our compositions over and over again till we had we thought was good enough for our incredible supporters.

Although the worsening political situation in the Middle East makes it increasingly difficult to get our stuff published, we really want to get this album out. If for nothing else, we want to release the album to prove to ourselves and everyone around us, that at least part of all the changes in the region are in the name of free speech, be that in a protest, a censored newspaper article, or a concert that the government won't support. We want this to be the biggest independent music release the Arab world has seen.

That means designing beautiful album art, printing CDs, posters, flyers, making quality video clips, and playing concerts with quality sound systems, etc.

But all of that costs a lot of money, and that's where ZOOMAAL comes in.

Mashrou' Leila & ZOOMAAL

ZOOMAAL is the first crowd-funding platform looking to help the ambitions of independent talent in the Arab world. Like us, ZOOMAAL is fed up of the paralyzing slow support formally offered to Arab artists, especially the ones that don't fit into conservative moulds. And we are their first project. So they're turning to the most effective means for help: YOU.

Down With The Choreographer

This is where you guys come in. We're going to need at least 66,000$ to make it happen, although the more money we raise, the more cities we can visit, the more elaborate our videos can be, and the more music we can spread.

But since there is no real money or support in the Middle East for independent artists or musicians without boob jobs, we are asking you to help fund our third album.

Help us prove that the music industry hasn't been catering to our people's needs. Help us demand that the music industry stop remanufacturing the same pop-stars with different names.
Help us demand better art.
Help us demand diverse representation in our cultural environment.
Help us force the industry to listen to the people.
Help us not get choreographed.
Help us occupy Arab-Pop.
#OCCUPYARABPOP

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your lovers. Tell the fanatics, the moderates, and the liberals. And when you do, make sure you also tell them change is coming, and it doesn't have implants.

Other Ways You Can Help

Any and all contributions matter. Even the smallest of contributions will help us hit our target. If you simply can't donate, then spread the word. Share this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and whatever other social media platforms you're using.

Here is the track 'Lil Watan' from the upcoming album: http://youtu.be/jHgbuqqbBSk


Here is Mashrou' Leila's 'Ma Titrikni Haeyk/Sawsan (the Lebanese version of 'Ne Me Quitte Pas'), a song that is included on their 'Live in Baalbek' DVD. This video has the lyrics in Arabic too: http://youtu.be/zrF7t057yA4







Saturday, June 1, 2013

May 30 Arabology Podcast Spotlights Mashrou' Leila


The May 30 episode of 'Arabology' (Season 5 Episode 8) highlights the music and career of Lebanese music band Mashrou' Leila whose music style and socially conscious lyrics have reshaped the alternative music scene in the Arab world. Show includes pre-recorded interviews with band members Hamed Sinno and Omaya Malaeb, various songs by the group and commentary by DJ Ramzi.

TO LISTEN: http://www.radio4all.net/files/author30@gmail.com/4294-1-Arabology_S5E8.mp3

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dr. Ramzi Salti: Stanford Lecture on Arabic Music (including video excerpts)



Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University and Radio Host of 'Arabology' on KZSU 90.1 FM, began a weeklong series of talks titled "Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East" at Stanford on May 13, 2013 with a lecture titled '"Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips." The talk attempted to briefly showcase groundbreaking musicians and artists in Arabic music from the 1960's to the present, including (but not limited to) music that has fueled the Arab Spring.

Here are some segments from the talk/dinner which took place at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford University campus on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm.

Highlights from Talk (watch below or at https://youtu.be/RjpG8vE4XCQ).



Here are some pics from the event:







Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mashrou' Leila: Rocking the Middle East (TV Report in English)

Meet Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, which is using music to tackle conservative attitudes and social taboos in the Middle East.


For more on Yaara Bou Melhem's story, go to the SBS Dateline website...http://bit.ly/r7S0ey


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mashrou' Leila Perform in Dubai

Mashrou' Leila just performed in Dubai and, according to sources who attended, the concert was nothing short of fabulous.

Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm - March 4 at 10:30pm
Location
JBR the walk / Burj Khalifah Park

More Info
Mashrou' Leila Live in Dubai at the du world music festival

for full schedule:
http://www.du.ae/en/about/events/WMF

Performed for 2 consecutive nights:
on March 3rd - the JBR[the walk] at 7:30 pm
on March 4th - Burj Khalifah Park at 10 pm

for more information:
http://www.mashrou3leila.com/
http://www.facebook.com/mashrou3leila

Free Podcast: DJ Ramzi Premieres "Hi Keefak Ça Va" on KZSU 90.1 FM

DJ Ramzi Premieres "Hi Keefak Ça Va" on KZSU 90.1 FM
(Free Podcast Available)


PODCAST: The broadcast DEBUT of my own radio show "Hi Keefak Ça Va?" is finally available (in 3 Parts)! Please support me and show your love for Arabic music--old and new--by listening, tweeting, forwarding, sharing, and/or downloading at:

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/49915

Description: This tri-lingual greeting is the way most people say hello in Lebanon where Arabic, French and English are spoken daily. This show will thus showcase new music,mostly underground/alternative, in all 3 languages. The program premiered on March 1, 2011 and is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti of the African and Middle Eastern (AME) Languages and Literatures Program at Stanford University.

To listen/download, go to this link then click on the arrows on the bottom right of that page (right-click to save)

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/49915

PLAYLIST:

Artist/Track/Album/Label

PART 1
1. Ramy Ayach and Abeer Nehme/ Belaaks/Belaaks/Oreole Records
2. Natacha Atlas/ Ne Me Quitte Pas/Ayeshten/ Mantra/ Beggers Banquet
3. Charbel Rouhana/ Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?/ Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?/ Forward Music
4. Gorillaz/ Orig (excerpt)/ Clint Eastwood/ Virgin Records (Rap)
5. Mashrou' Leila/ Ghadan Yawmon Afdal/ Single/ Mashrou' Leila
6. Christophe/ Les Mots Bleus/ 20 Grands Succes/ Polygram
7. Amina/ Les Mots Bleus/ Annabi/ Universal Imports
8. Fayrouz/ Habbaytak bil sayf/ Very Best of Fairuz/ EMI
9. Jean-Francois Michel/ Coupable/ Jean Francois Michel/ JFM
10.Dalida/ Helwa ya baladi/ Paroles d'ailleurs/ Orlando
11. Zade/ Helweh ya baladi/ One Night in Jordan/ ONJ

PART 2
12. Yazan al-Rousan and Autostrad/ 'ayyat Fi 'l-Matar/Autostrad/Planet Records
13. Fairuz/ Nassam Alyana El hawa/ Safarbarlik/ Bint Al Haaris/EMI
14. Said Mrad/ Nassam Alayana El hawa/1001 Nights/ Music Moods
15. DJ Nader/ Nassam Aleyna El Hawa/ Hizzy for the Hips/ Level Up Records
16. Mashrou' Leila/ Fasateen/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
17. Bushra El-Turk/ Ta'atalat lughat al kalami [Words Fail]/ Single/ Unreleased
18. Tania Saleh/ L'jilou l'jadidou/ Tania Saleh/ EMI
19. El General/ Raes el Blad/ Single/ Unreleased
20. Ali The Son Of Abdul/ Magic Man/ Year Of The Satellite/ Bollywood Depiction
21. Amr Diab / Masr Alert/ Single/ Rotana

PART 3
22. Mounir El Shami/ Bghiik wallah/ Single/ Self-release
23. Rousan, Yazan/ Ihna Nhabasna/ Jeeran Music Volume 1/ Jeeran Music
24. Zeid Hamdan & the Wings/ General Suleiman/ Zeid & the Wings/ Lebanese Underground
25. Khaled/ Aicha / Sahra/ Island Records (World)
26. Outlandish/ Aicha/ Bread & Barrels Of Water/ Rca Victor/Bmg
27. Dudley, Anne and Coleman, Jaz/ Minarets and Memories/ Songs From the Victorious City/ Tvt Records
28. Patricia Kaas/ Quand j'ai peur de tout/ Rien ne s'arrete/ Columbia
29. Wust El Balad/ Qull Lil- Maliha (Tell The Maiden)/ Wust El Balad/ Melody Music
30. Rachid taha/ Rock El Casbah/ Rock El Casbah: The Best Of/ Wrasse Records
31. Pomegranates/ Venus / One Of Us/ Planetary Group
32. Amr Diab/ Masr Alet (Edit Version)/ Single/ Rotana
33. Charbel Rouhana/ Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?/ Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?/ Forward Music

Alternative Links:

For Part ONE, click here.

For Part TWO, click here.

For Part THREE, click here.

Main Page:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Review of the Mashrou' Leila Album (on Zookeeper)




Mashrou' Leila / Mashrou' Leila
Album:Mashrou' LeilaCollection:World
Artist:Mashrou' LeilaAdded:02/2011
Label:B-Root Productions

Album Review
Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Reviewed 2011-02-17 
-All Tracks are FCC CLEAN EXCEPT *#4 ('Al Hajez)*

After just one album, the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila (which started out as a music workshop at the American University of Beirut in 2008) have already reinvented the Arabic music scene. Their style, a unique blend of sharp Lebanese lyrics and Mediterranean pop music, sounds instantly familiar yet completely original. The topics of their songs defy conventionality, ranging from homoerotic desire, to inter-religious love affairs, to speaking out against political corruption. Their latest single (not included on this album) was inspired by the Gorillaz song 'Clint Eastwood' and released in Feb 2011 in support of the Egyptian uprising. All songs are in Arabic (Lebanese).

1. “Fasateen”: (Dresses)About a Lebanese guy in love with a girl not of his religion. Catchy tune, released in 2010, with amazing video clip.
2. “Obwa”: (Bomb) and the track sounds like a ticking that is set to music that feels volatile and flamable.
3. “Min el Taboor”: (Standing in Line), endlessly, monotone song to reflect the mundane action.
*4. “'Al Hajez”: (Checkpoint) recounts the experience of being stopped at various checkpoints in a Lebanon that was torn by civil war. Profanity used (in Arabic) to express the frustration. NOT FCC CLEAN!!
5. “Shim el Yasmine”: (Smell the Jasmine) A haunting melody by a guy lamenting his love for another male. First explicitly homoerotic song in Arabic music?
6. “Im-Bim-Billilah”: (Gibbersish) Like its title suggests, this song sounds jittery and disjointed--like a unedited rehearsal session by the band that as released as such.
7. “Latlit”: (Cheering) Clapping song about cheering when seeing something you like. Violin mixed in with lamentation and applause.
8. “Khaleeha Zikra”: (Memory) Indie pop, harsh, loud speakers, Arabic vocals deliberately strained. feels like a civil war.
9. “Raksit Leila”: (Leila's dance) was the first hit single by the band, instantly likeable song that sounds like gypsy music mixed with Oriental beats. Video clip released went viral on YouTube.
My picks: 1, 5, 9

Track Listing
1.Fasateen5.Shim El Yasmine
2.Obwa6.Im-Bim-Billilah
3.Min El Taboor7.Latlit
4.'al Hajez8.Khaleeha Zikra
9.Raksit Leila


http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?session=&action=viewRecentReview&tag=965987


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mashrou' Leila Release New video Clip titled "Ghadan Yawmon Afdal"

The ultra hip Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila--whose debut album is finally available on iTunes--just released a new track/video clip titled غدا يوم أفضل [Tomorrow Is a Better Day].  The song is dedicated to the Generation of Revolt/Revolution لى جيل الثورة or, as the band says, "this is our revolution."


The band explains explains that this song/video clip is meant as a reinterpretation of the song "Clint Eastwood" by the Gorillaz (all rights reserved) and that the song was written and originally performed at Byblos Festival (Lebanon) in July 2010.

Byblos Footage filmed by Karim Ghorayeb
Studio footage filmed by Yasmine Sarout
Edited and directed by Yasmine Sarout
Music produced by Mashrou3 Leila


Here is the video clip/song followed by the lyrics in Arabic.


Arabic Lyrics to the Song:



غداً يومٌ أفضل
مشروع ليلى

إعادة تصور أغنية كلينت إيستوود للغوريلاز
جميع حقوق الأغنية وأصحابها محترمة

تصوير في بيبلوس: كريم غريب
تصوير في الستديو: ياسمين صاروت
مونتاج و إخراج: ياسمين صاروت
إنتاج موسيقي: مشروع ليلى

مبسوط، ما بني شي
مخبى الشمس بكرشي
مالي عازه، بس مش مطول
غداً يومٌ أفضل
يومٌ أفضل، يومٌ أفضل...

بقى جاي يحكيني إبن الكلب عن كل قضايا العالم
يا رح تتصفف بجانبه، يا أما انك ظالم
بقى تتعلم تتفادى أحاديث بعمرها بتوديش،
لا رح تنقذ أهلك ولا رح بتغير عالم،
شنا الناس دايماً بتنتقم وعمرها ما بتحبش،
قوم بلاش ما تنفصم أشرفلك بس تطنش،
حتسيبك بوعظات جاي من عمارات من عاج،
حكيتهم خيي بتستاهل وإلا بس طعاج



You can download the band's debut album on iTunes by going to this link:
http://itunes.apple.com/album/mashrou-leila/id403887520




And here is the song titled "Clint Eastwood" by the Gorillaz which inspired the Mashrou' Leila track (followed by the English lyrics):





Oh oh oh oh oh
I ain't happy,
I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I'm useless but
Not for long
The future is coming on


I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless,but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on


Yeah... Ha Ha!
Finally someone let me out of my cage
Now, time for me is nothing cos I'm counting no age
Now I couldn't be there
Now you shouldn't be scared
I'm good at repairs
And I'm under each snare
Intangible
Bet you didn't think so I command you to
Panoramic view
Look I'll make it all manageable
Pick and choose
Sit and lose
All you different crews
Chicks and dudes
Who you think is really kickin' tunes?
Picture you gettin' down in a picture tube
Like you lit the fuse
You think it's fictional
Mystical? Maybe
Spiritual
Hearable
What appears in you is a clearer view cos you're too crazy
Lifeless
To know the definition for what life is
Priceless
For you because I put you on the hype shit
You like it?
Gunsmokin' righteous with one token
Psychic among those
Possess you with one go

I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless,but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on

The essence the basics
Without it you make it
Allow me to make this
Childlike in nature
Rhythm
You have it or you don't that's a fallacy
I'm in them
Every sprouting tree
Every child apiece
Every cloud you see
You see with your eyes
I see destruction and demise
Corruption in disguise
From this fuckin' enterprise
Now I'm sucking to your lies
Through Russ, though not his muscles but the percussion he provides
with me as a guide
But y'all can see me now cos you don't see with your eye
You perceive with your mind
That's the inner
So I'm gonna stick around with Russ and be a mentor
Bust a few rhymes so mother fuckers
Remember where the thought is
I brought all this
So you can survive when law is lawless
Feelings, sensations that you thought were dead
No squealing, remember
(that it's all in your head)

I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future is coming on
It's coming on
It's coming on
My future 


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Podcast from My BRAND NEW Radio Show on KZSU 90.1 FM Available Already!


To download/listen to the Podcast from my January 20, 2011 radio show on KZSU 90.1 FM, please visit this link then simply click on the arrow on the bottom right of that page (or right-click on "Save Link As" to save to your computer):

If you have difficulty with the link above then try this link:

Many thanks and I hope you enjoy the new selection of songs that I played this week by such artists as مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila, Tania Saleh, JadaL, Fairuz, Rim Banna, Lena Chamamyan, Zeid and the wings, and many others.

To view my Playlist, see my previous blog entry..

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Lecturer, Author & Radio DJ             كاتب،مذيع ومحاضر في اللغة العربية آدابها  
Stanford University                                             جامعة ستانفورد
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