Category archives: Music

The Turkish Recipe for Art

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Quick tip: if you’re interested in searching about the SALT institute in Turkey, don’t google, “Salt Turkey” unless you want a hundred and one ways to salt, brine, and cook a turkey. SALT is a not-for-profit art center based in Turkey whose mission is to explore cultural and historical issues and cultivate innovative programs for research and experimental t[...]

On a Higher Note | Mashrou’ Leila | LEBANON’S MUSICAL REVELATION

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When you first hear them, you think they have been at it for six million decades. It is hard to believe that they only joined forces a handful of years ago with the sole goal of having some serious fun, and accidentally cranked up the Lebanese indie music scene. For Mashrou’ Leila, it was a jam, bam, thank you ma’am kind of affair. Without even trying, they [...]

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven with Salman Ahmad

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Imagine. “Nothing to kill or die for. All the people living life in peace.” The legendary Lennon’s words live on as believers adopt Lennonism in their daily lives. Salman Ahmad follows that example. He fights to be the agent of change desired to change the world. Salman is an oxymoronic component to most, an element hard to decipher, beyond common comprehens[...]

Tomorrow Bokra

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We cannot help but think of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, every time we watch the news these days. The future to many of us has become a scary and bleak thought. In come two of our modern-day heroes, multi-Grammy winning producer and multi-media entrepreneur Quicy Jones and Emirati social entrepreneur Badr Jafar. The duo created [...]

A Spiritual Journey Through Sound

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Against the illuminated arch and within the forbidding stone walls, the frantic qawwali rhythms of Farid Ayyaz & Party bring Bab al Makina to life. The straight-backed party clothed in sleek black salwars are headed by Farid Ayyaz with a side singer flanking him. The harmoniums lay the chorus as the tabla and percussion build up the tempo paving the way[...]