Showing posts with label Mashrou3 Leila. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

New Article about 'Arabology' in 'Palo Alto Weekly'

Read article at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/12/07/the-ambassador-of-arabology

Many thanks to Karla Kane and The Palo Alto Weekly for publishing such an in-depth article about my Arabology radio show in this week's issue (online + print)

You can read the article at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/12/07/the-ambassador-of-arabology

Interview focuses on groundbreaking Arab msuicians and media personalities whose work has been highlighted on the show, from Mashrou' Leila's Hamed Sinno to Tunisian singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, to the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Bassem Youssef to...Olivia Newton-John!

Read full article at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/12/07/the-ambassador-of-arabology

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mashrou' Leila Rocks San Francisco

Mashrou' Leila performing in San Francisco
Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila's concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on October 27, 2015 was truly an event of electrifying proportions.  The band performed a slew of hits from their first 3 albums to a sold-out audience that included people of all ethnicities and backgrounds,   Though they do not play any tracks from their Ibn El Leil upcoming CD, the band did surprise their fans with an impromptu version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" sung in Arabic with lyrics that were as catchy as they were naughty.

One week before their SF performance, the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno spoke to Arabology about the band's US tour where he shared his thoughts on the band's iconic status both in the Arab world and abroad.  That interview can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/hamesinno2015.



Here are some pictures from the SF concert, including a backstage collage of the band with Dr. Ramzi Salti.







Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mashrou' Leila and Yousra El Gendy on BBC TV

Watch report about Mashrou' Leila below or at http://youtu.be/pdGcAB2Q4wg



Watch report about Yousra El Gendy below or at http://youtu.be/9Axeh0etm-U




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bassem Youssef Hosts 'Controversial' Lebanese Band Mashrou' Leila

Bassem Youssef  (3rd from left) with Mashrou' Leila band members

Bassem Youssef, aka 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' recently sparked more controversy in Egypt after hosting Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila whose music has redefined alternative Arabic music and whose poignant video clips do not shy away from tackling various social and political issues that are so often ignored or dismissed in mainstream Arabic songs.

Youssef, who has since been accused of insulting religion by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, hosted  مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila during the season finale of his TV show albernameg.  Mashrou' Leila is a seven-piece alternative rock band from Beirut which has won countless fans throughout the Middle East since forming in 2008. Its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as sexuality and religion has drawn criticism and applause due (among other things) to the fact that the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html)

Of his experience with Mashrou Leila, Youssef stated, "I heard their songs and I didn't ask about his orientation ... Did we discuss [his] being openly gay on the show? We didn't."  He then added that "They will just try to dig up anything to...alienate you in front of the people."

Here is a segment from 'The Huffington Post' web site in which Bassem Youssef discusses this matter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html):







Here is the Mashrou' Leila segment from Bassem Youssef's TV show Albarnameg:  http://youtu.be/WzreD9hU7g4?t=1m36s



This report from CNN tackled this subject and can can be found at http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/02/06/inside-middle-east-lebanon-music-mashrou3-leila.cnn.html



Here is the full Segment/interview with Bassem Youssef from HuffingtonPost.com:




Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 'Arabology' Podcast (Nov 22) Co-Hosted by Eric and Ahmad ft Saleem

The Thanksgiving edition of Arabology (aired Nov 22) was co-hosted by DJ Ramzi, Eric and Ahmad and included beautiful Arabic songs about counting one's blessing and not forgetting others.

The show also featured two special songs for Fairuz's 77th birthday, two new songs by Mashrou' Leila, and a special interview with male belly dancer/screenwriter Saleem who wrote the controversial stage play 'Salam Shalom' (see pictures and complete playlist below)




(Left to right): Ahmad Q, Eric D, DJ ramzi


With Saleem

Playlist (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. Abu Ghazaleh, Tamer/ Khabar 3ajel (Urgent News) Single/ Eka3
2. Beirut Biloma/ Beirut ya Hayati C-Rouge Mix/ Single/ Reverbnation
3. Fairuz/ Nassam (Housed Up Remix)/ Dj Nader - Hizzy Hips In The Mix/ Level Up
4. Fairuz/ El Bint El Chalabiya/ Eh, Fi Amal/ Fbe
5. Thanksgiving Chat with Ahmad Qousi Part 1
6. Laroussi, Djamel/ Kifach Hilti/ Arabic Beat/ Putumayo World Music
7. Samsa/ Alem Jdid (New World)/ Alem Jdid/ Skander Guetari
8. El Harrachi, Dahmane/ Assanit Ouefhem/ Jiit Ma Habibi/ Jasmine
9. Thanksgiving Chat with Ahmad Qousi Part 2
10. Maraka, Aziz/ Amman/ Master Copy/ Cd Baby
11. Nasr, May/ Sajar El Bann (by Marcel Khalifeh)/ Reverbnation/ RAM May Nasr
12. Massy, Mike/ Tannoura Maxi/ Tannoura Maxi (Soundtrack)/ Massy
13. Kfoury, Wael/ Ya Dalli Ya Rouhi/ Ya Dalli Ya Rouhi/ Rotana
14. Malhas, Hana (ft Yazan El Rousan) / Trooh/ Shapeshift/ Hana Malhas
15. Thanksgiving Chat with Eric Dobson Part 1
16. Labidi, Mariem/ Ne me quitte pas (Arabic Version)/ Single/ Reverbnation
17. Mashrou' Leila/ Ne me quitte pas (Lebanese version)/ Single/ Disques Office
18. Mashrou' Leila/ Arous/ Single/ Mashrou' Leila
19. Thanksgiving Chat with Eric Dobson Part 2
20. Ajram, Nancy/ Ya Banat/ Super Nancy/ Emi
21. Interview with male belly dancer/ screenwriter "Saleem"
22. Fairuz/ Ana la habibi/ To Assy/ VDL


To Download: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64549

To Listen Instantly: http://www.radio4all.net/files/author30@gmail.com/4294-1-Arabology_S3E8.mp3


Monday, July 23, 2012

Mashrou' Leila Complete Concert at the Paléo Festival Nyon (July 19, 2012)

The ultra-hip Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila was among the musicians who participated in this year's Paléo Festival Nyon (Switzerland) where they literally rocked the house.

Hamed Sinno of Mashrou' Leila at Paléo Festival 2012 (photo courtesy of Paléo)

Here is a clip from the concert followed by the entire Mashrou' Leila Concert at the 37th Paléo Festival Nyon, Switzerland on July 19, 2012 (including the group's Beiruti version of Jacques Brel's 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' in Arabic and many other new and unreleased gems):

MASHROU' LEILA singing 'Habibi' at the Paléo Festival, July 2012:



MASHROU' LEILA COMPLETE CONCERT in HD (Paléo Festival 2012):



Mashrou'Leila, Paléo Festival Nyon 2012 (concert... by paleo


37th Paléo Festival 2012 'World Village' Showcases Middle Eastern Musicians incl Mashrou' Leila, Natacha Atlas, Omar Souleyman, Trio Joubran, DAM, More...

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The 37th Paléo Festival Nyon in Switzerland took place this month from the 17-22 July 2012 and inclkuded a wide array of performers from all over the globe. With six days and nights of festivities, 230,000 spectators, over 210 concerts and shows taking place on six stages, and a total of 200 stalls on site, Paléo Festival Nyon is the biggest open-air festival in Switzerland and one of Europe’s major musical events.

The 'Village du Monde' [World Village] Category this year showcased an array of amazing musicians from the Middle East including Trio Joubran, Mashrou' Leila, Broukar, Omar Souleyman, The Alaev Family, Baba Zula, Ibrahim Maalouf, DAM, Niyaz, Avishai Cohen, Balkan Beat Box, Yemen Blues, Egyptian Project, Jack is Dead and His Iranian Orchestra.

Here is a detailed schedule of this year's 'Village du Monde' performances. Note that all of these were sold out! For full schedule see http://yeah.paleo.ch/en/village-du-monde

Tuesday 17 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 16:30
Omar Souleyman
The Alaev Family
Baba Zula
sold out


Wednesday 18 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 16:30
Natacha Atlas
The Alaev Family
Broukar
sold out

Thursday 19 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 16:30
Trio Joubran
Mashrou' Leila
Broukar
sold out


Friday 20 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 16:30
Ibrahim Maalouf
DAM
Niyaz
sold out

Saturday 21 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 15:30
Avishai Cohen
Balkan Beat Box
Yemen Blues
sold out
Sunday 22 July 2012
DOORS OPENING AT 15:30
Balkan Beat Box
Egyptian Project
Jack is Dead & son Orchestre Iranien
sold out

On the menu of the gourmet festivities, Turkish peynirli pide, delicious Lebanese mezze, Syrian mjetdara, pistachio, rose and saffron ice cream from Iran, pastries and many other dishes waiting to be discovered! Spectators were also treated to Yemeni coffee, Lebanese red wine, white wine form Israel and beer form Palestine. All this was offered with the utmost respect for Muslim spectators who started their fast for Ramadan on Friday.


 

Many of the performances from this year's Middle Eastern performances have been recorded and released on this CD (picture above) which may be purchased at THIS LINK.

The next few entries in my blog will feature concert footage from each of the bands/musicians mentioned above. For more info about teh Festival (in English) see http://yeah.paleo.ch/en and to view all the videos from this year's festival see http://www.dailymotion.com/paleo#video=xsbk2b

Here are some pictures from some of the performers at this year's festival. All photos below coustresy of Paléo. For a complete list of images, see http://yeah.paleo.ch/en/media-library/225

Natacha Atlas in concert

Yemen Blues in concert

Mashrou' Leila in concert

Ibrahim Maalouf in concert


Omar Souleyman in concert

Trio Joubran in concert


For more info see http://yeah.paleo.ch/en

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hamed Sinno [Mashrou' Leila} Sings 'Let Me Go' with Erik Truffaz Quartet at MusicHall

Hamed Sinno [lead vocalist for the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila] sang 'Let Me Go'  (in Arabic!) with Erik Truffaz Quartet at MusicHall, Beirut  in July 2012.  What an amazing performance!



Let Me Go - Erik Truffaz Quartet feat. Hamed Sinno [Mashrou' Leila] performed live at Liban Jazz Festival 2012 / MusicHall, Beirut with arabic translation

The original song by Erik Truffaz feat. Sophie Hunger from the album In Between is below (compare to the Arabic version):

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Nov. 3 Podcast Showcases Mashrou' Leila مشروع ليلى

The November 3 Podcast of my radio show 'Hi, Keefak, Ca Va?' showcases the music of the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila including my exclusive interviews with band members Hamed Sinno (vocals) and Omaya Malaeb (keyboard).

TO VIEW PLAYLIST:  Click HERE
Listen to Pt 1 http://tinyurl.com/3scyr6z 
Listen to Pt 2 http://tinyurl.com/3qa6d5w

PLAYLIST:

Playlist for Hi, Keefak, Ça va? Thursday, 3 November 2011 4pm - 6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/ Track/ Album/Label
1. Mashrou' Leila/ Raksit Leila/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
2. Hamed Sinno (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview Part 1/ N/A/ KZSU
3. Mashrou' Leila/ Shim El Yasmine/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
4. Hamed Sinno (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview Part 2/ N/A/ KZSU
5. Mashrou' Leila/ El Hal Romancy/ El Hal Romancy/ Mashrou' Leila
6. Omaya Malaeb (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview/ N/A/ KZSU
7. Mashrou' Leila/ Fasateen/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
8. Khcheich, Rima/ Falak (Orbit)/ Falak (Orbit)/ Challenge Records International
9. Banna, Rim/ Ras Al-Jabal (The Mountain Top)/ Al-Rawa'i (Greatest Hits)/ Laser
10. Saleh, Tania Wehde (Unity)/ Wehde/ Forward Music
11. Elissa/ Kermalak / Bastanak/ Rotana
12. Fayrouz/ Eh, Fi Amal/ Eh, Fi Amal (Yes, There Is Hope)/ Fbe
13. Rouhana, Charbel & Beirut Oriental Ensemble/ Al-Bint Al-Shalabiya/ Hand Made/ Forward Music

Mashrou' Leila: El Hal Romancy (CD Review)

Mashrou' Leila's second CD: El Hal Romancy

Album Review
Reviewed by Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Reviewed 2011-11-03 

Mashrou’ Leila El Hal Romancy

--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

This is the second album by the ultra hip Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila (The Leila Project) and, like their first one, continues the group’s experimentation with alternative music set to Arabic lyrics. Released in the summer of 2011,each track on this EP combines strong vocal acrobatics by the lead vocalist (Hamed Sinno) accompanied by Haig Papazian (violin), Omaya Malaeb (keyboard) and various other instruments played by the rest of the band members (Ibrahim Bad, Carl Gerges, Andre Chedid, Firas Abou Fakher).

*1. “El Mouqadima” [The Intro] showcases Hamed Sinno’s strong vocals as he laments about his beloved. He cries out “habibiiiii” in a tormented yet seductive way, all is a semi-acapella fashion..
*2. “”Habibi” ([My Love] has the same lyrics and melody as the first track only it is with a fast tempo and strong electric guitar and violin sounds..
3. “Inni Mneeh” [I am OK] is the only ballad on this album. It talks about losing everything in one’s life and losing hope in changing the world.
4. “Imm El Jacket” [The Girl with the Jacket] is a song about a girl who dresses in a ‘manly’ way and who lives her life in a free way—defying ‘feminine’ stereotypes in Lebanon and beyond
5. “Wajih” [Face] sounds like Pink Floyd + the Doors with Arabic Lyrics. Loud, hard electric guitar sound, lyrics about living in a world of garbage and filth.
*6. “El Hal Romancy” [The Solution Is Roamntic] is the title track and the first released single from this album. It is instantly likeable and begins with a slow rhythmic tempo only to climactically build up to strong violin sounds and classical music set to band music.
*My picks: 1,2 & 6 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1.El Mouqadima4.Imm El Jacket
2.Habibi5.Wajih
3.Inni Mneeh6.El Hal Romancy

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

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


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